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The best kept secrets about Portsmouth that even most residents won’t know

Every city has its secrets and quirky stories, and Portsmouth is no exception.

Here are some of the best kept secrets from the city’s history - how many did you know?

The Gough Map dates from about 1360. Portsmouth is labelled Portis Mouth and is represented by a single red-roofed building.

1. Portsmouth appears on the oldest surviving route map of Great Britain

The Gough Map dates from about 1360. Portsmouth is labelled Portis Mouth and is represented by a single red-roofed building.
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The first centrefold to display full-frontal nudity in a magazine is believed to have been of Portsmouth-born Marilyn Cole.

2. Portsmouth has the only Brit to be named Playboy's Playmate of the Year

The first centrefold to display full-frontal nudity in a magazine is believed to have been of Portsmouth-born Marilyn Cole.
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The longest building in the world at the time was built in the dockyard in 1776. The Ropery was 1,095ft long.

3. Portsmouth once had the longest building in the world

The longest building in the world at the time was built in the dockyard in 1776. The Ropery was 1,095ft long.
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The game, on February 22, 1956, was between Pompey and Newcastle. Pompey lost 2-0.

4. Fratton Park hosted the first league game to be played under floodlights

The game, on February 22, 1956, was between Pompey and Newcastle. Pompey lost 2-0.
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