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1703 - Visit by Queen Anne

Queen Anne visited the Dockyard and, at the intercession of the Prince Consort, allowed shipwrights and dockyard workers to build on Portsmouth Common (Portsea). Street names in the area commemorate Queen Anne and her contemporaries. (See 1792).

Later in the year a violent storm wrecked 6 naval vessels locally including the “Newcastle” which sank at Spithead with the loss of 193 lives.