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The Pier is situated in historic Bellevue Terrace close to the site of the original Royal Pier Hotel, after which The Pier was named.
Since the late 1400s, Portsmouth has been crucial to the defence of England. Henry VIII established the historic dockyard in 1495, and built Southsea Castle, as it became known, in 1544 as part of the growing town’s fortifications.
1773 map of Portsmouth showing the town’s defences. The Pier was amongst the first residences to be built outside the walls around 1810
Southsea Castle initially built in Henry VIII’s time although only called “Southsea” later giving its name to this area of Portsmouth
Southsea Common around 1900
By the early 1800s, Old Portsmouth and the surrounding areas were bursting at the seams and a new suburb grew up which became known as Southsea, after the castle. Bellevue Terrace adjacent to the old town walls was part of this expansion and the first reference to it is in 1810. The Pier is one of the original houses, a survivor of the many changes in the town’s fortunes, including the bombing raids on Portsmouth in WWII. stay as a guest at The Pier.
Nowadays, Bellevue Terrace is part of an almost continuous road between the city centre and the beach so is ideally placed for all local attractions as well as the Naval Base and University.
A new chapter of the two centuries of history of number 2 Bellevue Terrace has been written when The Pier opened as guest house in March 2012 after this Grade II listed building underwent 6 months of extensive and thorough refurbishment. The aim of this work was to preserve the historic character of the building whilst providing its guests with modern comforts and convenience.
You can now be sure of a warm 21st century welcome from Gill Webb and a comfortable stay as a guest at The Pier.