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The area remained an open space, during Southsea's development, as it was used as a marshalling area for armies before boarding ship, notably before the battle of Crecy in 1356, part of the Hundred Years' War. The Common was still owned by the military until it was bought by Portsmouth Corporation from the War Department in 1922.

The Victory's anchor, sited beside the Hovercraft slipway near Clarence pier is an interesting relic. It was originally sited on the other side of the pier and marked the spot where Nelson left the Portsmouth before the Battle of Trafalgar.

Many military monuments can be found around the area of Southsea Common, the Royal Navy War Memorial is identical to those in Chatham and Plymouth, both also being Royal Naval ports.

The Southsea Common area is also home to various attractions such as the Rock Gardens, the Pyramid Centre built on the former site of the Rock Gardens Pavillion, Southsea Castle, Southsea Skate Park, the D-Day Museum, Blue Reef Aquarium and other facilities such as Tennis Courts, Bowls and gardens.


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