Place:Gosport, Hampshire, England

TypeBorough (municipal), District municipality
Coordinates50.8°N 1.133°W
Located inHampshire, England
See alsoAlverstoke Liberty, Hampshire, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Gosport District, Hampshire, Englanddistrict municipality or borough covering the area since 1974
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Gosport has been since 1974 a Borough or non-metropolitan district in the South Hampshire conurbation, on the south coast of Hampshire in southern England. It had been an urban district from 1894 until 1922 and a municipal borough between 1922 and 1974. The 2011 UK Census recorded its population as 82,622. It is on a peninsula on the western side of Portsmouth Harbour opposite the City of Portsmouth, to which it is linked by the Gosport Ferry.

Until the last quarter of the 20th century, Gosport was a major naval town associated with the defence and supply infrastructure of Her Majesty's Naval Base (HMNB) Portsmouth, and is still home to HMS Sultan and a Naval Armament Supply Facility as well as a Helicopter Repair base.

Royal Naval Hospital Haslar, formerly the last military hospital of the UK was closed as a military site in March 2007. It had opened in 1753, serving military personnel and their families, later also serving the community of Gosport. The hospital was then used by the NHS (National Health Service) until 2009. The hospital closed as NHS services were moved to Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham, Portsmouth.

Subsidiary parishes within the borough


For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Gosport.

Research Tips

  • Victoria County History of Hampshire, volume 3, chapter on the Liberty of Alverstoke with Gosport.
  • GENUKI has a list of archive holders in Hampshire including the Hampshire Record Office, various museums in Portsmouth and Southhampton, the Isle of Wight Record Office and Archives.
  • The Hampshire Online Parish Clerk project has a large collection of transcriptions from Parish Registers across Hampshire.
  • A listing of all the Registration Districts in England and Wales since their introduction in 1837 together with tables listing the parishes that were part of each district and the time period covered, along with detailed notes on changes of parish name, mergers, etc. Do respect the copyright on this material.
  • The three-storey City Museum in Winchester covers the Iron Age and Roman periods, the Middle Ages, and the Victorian period.
  • Volumes in The Victoria County History Series are available for Hampshire through British History Online. There are three volumes and the county is covered by parishes within the old divisions of "hundreds".
A collection of maps on the A Vision of Britain through Time website illustrating the English county of Hampshire over the period 1832-1932 (the last two are expandible):
  • A group of maps of the post-1974 municipal districts or boroughs of Hampshire on Wikipedia Commons
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