Did you know?
Prime Minister William Pitt the Elder was decapitated in a freak accident in Portsmouth in the nineteenth century.
Portsmouth- born PM `Sunny Jim' Callaghan never said `Crisis? What Crisis?'. It was made up by The Sun.
The Artillery Barracks in Broad Street was the site of the last ever official flogging of a British soldier.
This deceptively small book contains hundreds of interesting facts, figures and fascinating information about the historic city of Portsmouth. An essential volume for the bookshelves and coffee tables of long-term residents - and the back-pockets and handbags of visitors - it is sure to entertain, engross and educate anyone who dips into it.
JOHN SADDEN is Portsmouth born and bred and attended Southern Grammar School. He gained a first class honours degree as a mature student, then qualified as a chartered librarian. As well as writing local history books, he is a published children's novelist (under the pseudonym John Sedden) and is the archivist at the city's oldest school, the Portsmouth Grammar School.
He has had a Puffin novel published, Mudlark, under a pseudonym.show more