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    Alexandra Park

    HCC Summary: Portsmouth Corporation bought the land in 1888 from the Board of Trade & Winchester College, to develop a new recreation ground. It opened 1907, named after Princess Alexandra the Princess of Wales at the time. During WW II used as a temporary mortuary & an anti aircraft battery. It is home to the Mountbatten Centre sports centre, a regional Sports Centre.
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    HCC Site ID: 1808 Parish: Hilsea Ward, Portsmouth
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    Access: Public Access Ownership: Portsmouth City Council

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    Branksmere House

    HCC Summary: House, walls/piers all LB II. Attributed to A E Cogswell. Built 1895 as private house, has been school, WWI hospital, police station. Now Social Services offices. Garden has footpaths and lake with bridges.
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    HCC Site ID: 1740 Parish: Portsea (E)
    Designations: CA Area:
    Access: No Public Access Ownership: Private

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    Bransbury Park

    HCC Summary: The park was built on reclaimed land & was formerly an inlet of Langstone Harbour. The land was purchased by the City Council in 1911 & is laid out mainly as football & cricket pitches.
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    HCC Site ID: 1734 Parish: Eastney & Craneswater ward, Portsmouth
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    Access: Public Access Ownership: Portsmouth City Council

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    Canoe Lake Gardens (Craneswater Lake/ Minnow Pond)

    HCC Summary: It was constructed from a remnant of the Great Morass, a large area of marshland that was centred north east of Southsea castle. The Great Morass was drained during the early C19. Canoe Lake was opened on 17th June 1886.
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    HCC Site ID: 1729 Parish: Eastney & Craneswater Ward, Portsmouth
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    Access: Public Access Ownership: Portsmouth City Council

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    City Museum Garden (Clarence Barracks)

    HCC Summary: Ornate 1893 barracks LB II, now museum. Parterre garden frames open theatre space; wall insets of carved masonry saved from barracks complex. Entrance garden of specimen trees and changing exhibits has c1880 LB II railings.
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    HCC Site ID: 1812 Parish: Portsmouth
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    Access: Public Access Ownership: Portsmouth City Council

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    College Park

    HCC Summary: It is built on land granted in 1915 that was a gift of the Wardens of Winchester College, who owned parts of Portsea Island since July 1543. The park is named after the college. During the early 1900s where the park is now was used as allotments for growing vegetables & fruit by local people.
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    HCC Site ID: 1731 Parish: Copnor Ward, Portsmouth
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    Access: Public Access Ownership: Portsmouth City Council

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    Cosham Park House

    Early C19 house and estate owned by the Padwick and Burrill families, that became site of East Cosham Villa development in the mid C19
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    HCC Site ID: 1732 Parish: Widley (E)
    Designations: House LB II Area:
    Access: Historic site Ownership: Private

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    Cosham Villas, East Cosham

    n the early C19, Cosham House, Cosham Lodge and East Cosham Lodge were adjoining gentry villas with walled and unwalled kitchen gardens and stabling on the north of Havant Road. tr>The owners had family ties with East Court, opposite, and East Cosham Cottage West. In the 1840s 3 of the 5 large houses in East Cosham (5th is The Goodwyns, now Mulberry Park Nursery), were owned by Royal Navy Officers. East Cosham Lodge, the Nursery and some perimeter walls and trees remain.
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    HCC Site ID: 1892 Parish: Widley (E)
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    Access: Historic site Ownership: Private

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    D-Day Memorial, St Helen's Parade

    HCC Summary: Sunken garden on seafront dedicated to those who embarked from south coast 6.6.1944. Square white stone represents anti-tank blocks placed round coast against invasion. Unveiled by Field Marshal Lord Montgomery 6.6.1948.
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    HCC Site ID: 1735 Parish: Portsea (E)
    Designations: CA Area:
    Access: Public Access Ownership: Portsmouth City Council

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    Dovercourt

    HCC Summary: House c1848 LB II, T E Owen’s own house, now a school. Grotto, mature trees, new landscaping c1996 includes hazel tunnel and bark path..
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    HCC Site ID: 1887 Parish: Portsea (E)
    Designations: CA Area:
    Access: School Access Ownership: Private

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    East Cosham House

    One of the group of the late C18 and early C19 villas with walled and unwalled gardens in East Cosham. It is now a residential home. Mature cedars, evergreen oaks and palms and flint wall at rear remain.
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    HCC Site ID: 1893 Parish: Widley (E)
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    Access: Historic site Ownership: Private

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    Farlington Recreation Ground

    HCC Summary: c1928. Play area, open space, Victorian engine house, view north to Portsdown Hill and Fort Purbrook. Originally water company land let for grazing; previously known as Farlington Avenue Recreation Ground.
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    HCC Site ID: 1733 Parish: Farlington (E)
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    Access: Public Access Ownership: Portsmouth City Council

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    Fort Widley

    HCC Summary: It is one of the forts built on top of Portsdown Hill between 1860 & 1868 designed, along with the other Palmerston Forts atop Portsdown, to protect Portsmouth from attack from the rear. The fort was leased to Portsmouth City Council in 1961 and was purchased in 1972.
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    HCC Site ID: 1724 Parish: Cosham Ward, Portsmouth
    Designations: Fort Grades II*; gun Grade II Area:
    Access: Public Access Ownership: Portsmouth City Council

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    Gatcombe Gardens

    HCC Summary: A late C18 house with parkland which soon used for military purposes. Restoration by a local company has saved the house from dereliction. Whilst the majority of the parkland have been built on, a small area has been preserved for public use.
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    HCC Site ID: 1725 Parish: Hilsea ward, Portsmouth
    Designations: Area: c1.62 ha
    Access: Public Access Ownership: Portsmouth City Council

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    Highland Road Cemetery

    HCC Summary: It was opened in November 1854 in open country. Since then the town has completely engulfed the cemetery. It closed for burials in 1956 except where space was available in family graves.
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    HCC Site ID: 1832 Parish: Eastney & Craneswater Ward Portsmouth
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    Access: Public Access Ownership: Portsmouth City Council

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    Hilsea Lido & Bastion Gardens

    HCC Summary1930s swimming pool and public gardens in c1860 fortifications. Lake, gardens, ornamental trees.
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    HCC Site ID: 1813 Parish: Wymering (E)
    Designations: CA Area:
    Access: Public Access Ownership: n/k

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    Kingston Cemetery (Historic England)

    HE Summary: A Burial Board cemetery with buildings designed by the architect George Rake and grounds laid out under the supervision of the Board surveyor Charles B Smith, which opened at the beginning of January 1856.
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    HCC Site ID: 1809 Parish: Fratton Ward Portsmouth
    Designations: HE II Area:
    Access: Public Access Ownership: Portsmouth City Council

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    Lumps Fort Rose Garden

    HCC Summary: Old sea fort rebuilt mid-C19, interior laid out Post war as sheltered rose garden. Climb the outside for bird’s eye views into the garden or across the Solent. Training base of Cockleshell Heroes during WW II. 1815 sundial.
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    HCC Site ID: 1888 Parish: Portsea (E)
    Designations: CA, AHBR Area:
    Access: Public Access Ownership: Portsmouth City Council

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    Mill Dam House

    HCC Summary: 1846 LB II barracks and offices, now Register Office. Cobbled carriage sweep front; rear garden of lawn, island beds, gravel paths and pergolas. Railway embankment creates backdrop. Portsmouth Soc Best Restoration 1994..
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    HCC Site ID: 1728 Parish: Portsea (E)
    Designations: CA Area:
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    Milton Cemetery

    HCC Summary: 1910. Gatepiers, gates and chapel with art nouveau stained glass all LB II. Architect G E Smith. Avenue; mature ornamental trees.
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    HCC Site ID: 1736 Parish: Portsea (E)
    Designations: CA Area:
    Access: Public Access Ownership: Portsmouth City Council

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    Milton Park

    HCC Summary: It is built on land part of Milton Farm. One of the original farm buildings remains, a thatched barn. Land was purchased by Portsmouth Corporation in 1912. It is a multi purpose park with a childrens play area, bowls club & tennis courts.
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    HCC Site ID: 1730 Parish: Milton Ward Portsmouth
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    Access: Public Access Ownership: Portsmouth City Council

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    Naval Base and Historic Dockyard

    HCC Summary: Working Naval Base containing historic Dockyard, both with LB II/II* Dockyard Wall. Dockyard gardens provide settings for LB II/II* C18 buildings; include recreated C18 Porter’s garden; icehouse, terrace. Base includes C19 houses and ruined church
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    HCC Site ID: 1810 Parish: Portsea (E)
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    Access: Public Access check opening times Ownership: Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Ltd (PHDL)
    a registered charity

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    Norman Court

    HCC Summary: Modern apartment block on site of Victorian villa from prestige late19 Craneswater Estate. Mature trees around perimeter.
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    HCC Site ID: 1738 Parish: Portsea (E)
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    Access: Historic site Ownership: Private

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    Porter's Lodge Garden

    HCC Summary: Part of the Renaissance of Portsmouth Harbour Millennium scheme, the garden occupies the site of the original garden of the Porter’s Lodge (1708). It is open all year round for visitors’ enjoyment.
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    HCC Site ID: 1973 Parish: St Thomas Ward Portsmouth
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    Access: Public Access. See opening times Ownership: Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Ltd (PHDL)
    a registered charity

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    Portsdown Hill

    HCC Summary: High, healthy beauty spot became desirable location for gentry villas, farms and 1860s fortifications. Vantage points (views), LB II Forts and houses, estate remnants and wildlife.
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    HCC Site ID: 1889 Parish: Widley (E)
    Designations: AHBR, SINC, SSSI Area:
    Access: Historic site Ownership: n/k

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    Ravelin Park (Solent Garrison Compound)

    HCC Summary: Army quarters on defunct glacis, bombed 1941, now University Campus. Gun House c1860; Ravelin House 1891, Victorian garden; Town Mount c1910, cottage garden; NAAFI; WWII control room; 1979 Frewen Lib awarded; copse, meadow, mature trees.
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    HCC Site ID: 1890 Parish: Portsmouth
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    Access: Public Access Ownership: Multi-ownership

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    Royal Marines Memorial Garden

    HCC Summary: The memorial garden is within Royal Marines Museum and was opened by his royal highness Prince Philip in May 1995. This garden was initiated & supported by Hampshire County Council.
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    HCC Site ID: 1181 Parish: Eastney and Craneswater Ward Portsmouth
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    Southsea Common (Historic England)

    HE Summmary: TA large common developed as pleasure grounds from the C19 and purchased from the War Department in 1922 by Portsmouth City Council for use as a public park..
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    HCC Site ID: 1739 Parish: St Jude Ward Portsmouth
    Designations: HE II Area:
    Access: Public Access Ownership: Portsmouth City Council

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    Southsea Rock Garden

    HCC Summary: 1920s seafront sunken garden (for shelter), landscaped in natural stone; scree beds, alpines, evergreens, architectural planting. Ponds and waterfall attract wild birds. All year garden.
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    HCC Site ID: 1891 Parish: Portsea (E)
    Designations: CA Area:
    Access: Public Access Ownership: Portsmouth City Council

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    St James' Hospital

    HCC Summary: It opened in 1879 as a Lunatic Asylum with formal gardens. It was built on Milton Common. The site was extended in 1893 and 1910. The asylum underwent several name changes, becoming finally St James’ Hospital in 1937. In 1995 housing development on some land and a new open space.
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    HCC Site ID: 1727 Parish: Milton Ward Portsmouth
    Designations: Buildings EH Grade II Area: 30.35 ha in 1879; 36.02 ha in 1893
    Access: Public Access to Hospital Ownership: Portsmouth Healthcare NHS Trust

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    University of Portsmouth Milton Campus (Milton House)

    HCC Summary: Mature trees; walled garden; education buildings c1912, 1937 and 1963.
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    HCC Site ID: 1459 Parish: Portsea (E)
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    Access: Public Access to University Ownership: n/k

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    Victoria Park (Historic England)

    HE Summary:A public park laid out in 1878 by the County Borough of Portsmouth on the site of former town defences land.
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    HCC Site ID: 1726 Parish: Charles Dickens Ward Portsmouth
    Designations: HE II Area:
    Access: Public Access Ownership: Portsmouth City Council

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    Watersedge Park (Paulsgrove House)

    HCC Summary: Site of C17/C18 farmhouse, Paulsgrove House, demolished for M27 flyover. Mature trees preserved, play area, community centre. Original view from House across bay to Portchester Castle still discernable.
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    HCC Site ID: 1737 Parish: Wymering (E)
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    Access: Historic site Ownership: n/k

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