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Spithead, Hampshire

Historical Description

Spithead, a famous roadstead in Hants, in the E end of the Solent, at the mouth of Portsmouth harbour. It takes its name from the Spit, a sandbank about 3 miles long, running southward from Gilkicker Point; is the favourite rendezvous of the British navy, is defended on the W by Fort Monkton, on the E by Southsea Castle and Fort Cumberland, and has been the scene of many remarkable events, noted in our article on PORTSMOUTH.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Hampshire (County Southampton) is available to browse.


Online maps of Spithead are available from a number of sites: