In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Gosport like this:
Gosport.-- a fortified seaport and market town with ry. sta., Alverstoke par., S. Hannts, occupying peninsula on W. side of Portsmouth harbour, opposite Portsmouth, pop. 12,343; P.O., T.O., 3 Banks. Market-days, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. It owes its importance wholly to the position it holds as a naval depot, including the Royal Victualling Yard, the Haslar Hospital, and large Government factories. There are likewise infantry barracks. The town has a considerable coasting trade, and carries on mfrs. of anchors and chain cables; it has also yacht-building and sail-making. It is connected with Portsmouth by a floating bridge.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Gosport has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Gosport. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Gosport and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Gosport in Hampshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 19th June 2013
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