1729 - 1732 - ROYAL NAVAL ACADEMY
Royal Naval Academy founded by George II. Built at a cost of £5,772. The foundation stone to the Royal Naval Academy was laid 8th May on the north side under the dinning-room. The Central cupola was added in 1808. (Transferred to Dartmouth in 1838 and Greenwich in 1872.) (See 1939-45)
Captain Richard Hughes was appointed as the Resident Admiralty Commissioner at Portsmouth; he was succeeded by his son Captain Richard Hughes (Junior). They held the office collectively for 44 years.