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Phil Hewitt

Gosport: Then and Now: Postcards from Gosport: .. and a Few from Portsmouth

Gosport: Then and Now: Postcards from Gosport: .. and a Few from Portsmouth

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Gosport Then and Now: Postcards from Gosport… and a few from Portsmouth is the story of Gosport’s rich past which laid the foundation for the town’s fast-changing present.

It is the story of a small fishing village in the shadow of Portsmouth which developed to become a major naval and military base in its own right. And now, it is the story of a town evolving yet again as the naval and military bases disappear.

In this book, historic images and current views are juxtaposed to show the ways in which Gosport has sometimes stood still and sometimes altered almost beyond recognition.

Containing more than 100 images, Gosport Then and Now offers a visual feast for anyone interested in social or military history. The book brings past and present alive to offer a captivating portrait of a town.

About the Author

Phil Hewitt has based the book on the extensive collection of historic Gosport postcards belonging to his father Graham, who has lived in Gosport all his life and was Mayor of the borough from 1974–76.

Phil Hewitt was brought up in Gosport, where he attended Bay House School. He later gained a first-class honours degree in modern languages and a doctorate in early 20th century French theatre from Oxford University.

Phil joined The Chichester Observer in 1990 and became the newspaper’s arts editor four years later.He is now also arts editor for The Observer’s sister papers, The West Sussex Gazette and TheWest Sussex CountyTimes.

Phil lives in Bishops Waltham, Hampshire,with his wife Fiona and children Adam and Laura. A keen runner, he has completed marathons in London, New York, Paris, Berlin, Dublin and Amsterdam. He also plays squash and badminton.

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