From looking around Portsmouth quite frequently it made me realise what makes Portsmouth, Portsmouth?
Pourtsmouth was founded circa 1180 and received its first charter from Richard I (Richard the Lionheart) in 1194. Since then the city has been a key player in many major historical events, including Nelson’s last battle at Trafalgar, the sailing of the First Fleet to Australia, and the D-Day Landings. The past shows the “royal” area to be familiar with its ports, ships and navy so a common icon would be the HMS Victory. However, its not the only Portsmouth icon which makes Portsmouth so recognisable where modernisation took place and the spinnaker tower was created with the new shopping outlet was created called Gunwharf Quays and not to mention the Southsea Pier which was a popular holiday destination during, between and after the World Wars.
When studying portsmouth I realised that icons don’t just make the area what it is, the culture in terms of the food, drink, local areas and in my case the university add the area.
The colour purple was commonly associated to Portsmouth and is most likely due to the university colours and not the snakebites at the student union.
Another popular associate is the Portsmouth football team where the crest was used within the area. Recognised as the crescent shape with a star, which caused controversy with the locals arguing it had a relation to the turkish flag.
(Images 2 and 3 collected from the Creative Portsmouth Website)