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Portishead, North Somerset

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Portishead, North Somerset

Portishead is a coastal town on the Severn Estuary within the unitary authority of North Somerset, which falls within the ceremonial county of Somerset, England. It has a population of 22,000, an increase of over 3,000 since the 2001 census, with a growth rate considerably in excess of surrounding towns. Portishead has a long history as a fishing port. It expanded rapidly during the early 19th century around the docks, with supporting transport infrastructure.
Post townBRISTOL
Administrative CountyNorth Somerset
Traditional CountySomerset
OS GridST4676
OS Settlement ClassificationOther settlement (village, hamlet etc)
RegionSouth West
Police AuthorityAvon and Somerset
Fire and Rescue AuthorityAvon
Fire and Rescue AuthorityAvon
Ambulance AuthorityGreat Western
Dialling code01275

Other names by which Portishead, North Somerset has been known in the past

Porteshe ~ Portesheue

Portishead, North Somerset in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Portishead, small town and par. with ry. sta., Somerset, on estuary of the Severn, 10 miles W. of Bristol by rail, 2388 ac. (295 water), pop. 2730; P.O., T.O., 1 Bank. Portishead, popularly Posset, stands under wooded hills, and has rapidly risen in favour as a watering-place; it has a hotel, marine baths, and many fine villas. During the season there is daily communication by steamer with Bristol. On Portishead Point are the remains of a fort taken by Fairfax in 1645, and traces of an ancient camp are in vicinity.

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