New history book winds back the clock on city’s Spice Island

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A HISTORIC corner of Portsmouth is featured in a new history book.

Gower Lloyd, from Portsmouth, has written A History of Point – Portsmouth’s Spice Island, featuring photographs, illustrations and stories about Old Portsmouth.

Mr Lloyd said he was delighted with the reception the book had received since it was published in November.

He said: ‘As I was brought up on Point in the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s it gave me a real insight into the area that was so different at that time.

‘Since the book was launched sales have gone very well and I am very pleased with the way the book turned out.’

Mr Lloyd said Point was a fascinating part of Portsmouth with a 
rich maritime history.

He said: ‘This book attempts to give readers an idea of the colourful place this must have been throughout its history, with mariners visiting from all parts of the world.

‘It was visited by crews of both the Royal Navy and merchant navy and sailors from many foreign ports and at one time during its history it boasted nearly 50 pubs, together with beer houses, within its small geographical area.’

Mr Lloyd said the book had taken him ‘a couple of years’ to write, which he had done after he retired.

The book costs £19.95 and can be bought online at

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