Portchester Castle in Hampshire
About our visit to Portchester Castle near Portsmouth
These are my photographs of Portchester Castle near Portsmouth in Hampshire. It’s a great place owned by English Heritage and like most of their places it has a very long and interesting history. Portchester Castle is a beautiful medieval castle built within a former Roman fort at historic Portchester, the fort houses this castle and a church, so I chose to photograph them both on the same day.
I would love to have gone to the top of the castle and photographed the views from up there, but I was struggling just to walk around on the flat (I’m disabled), in fact the visit was cut short by me falling flat on my face, this was due to my problems, nothing wrong with Portchester Castle and the staff (especially a volunteer called Bob) were extremely helpful and gave me a lot of support.
I’d really like to visit Portchester again one day, but I live about 80 miles away and was in that area visiting my Dad who lives in Portsmouth. I am an English Heritage member, so try to visit their places everywhere I go.
I also took many photos of St Mary's Church, which is located in the same grounds as Portchester Castle and those photos have their own page:
About Portchester Castle
Portchester Castle is a medieval castle at Portchester to the east of Fareham in the English county of Hampshire. It is located at the northern end of Portsmouth Harbour. Probably founded in the late 11th century, Portchester was a baronial castle taken under royal control in 1154. The monarchy controlled the castle for several centuries and it was a favoured hunting lodge of King John. It was besieged and captured by the French in 1216 before permanently returning to English control shortly thereafter.
Occupying a commanding position at the head of Portsmouth Harbour, in the medieval period Portchester was an important port. The castle saw the disembarkation for several campaigns to France led by England's kings. In anticipation of a French invasion during the first quarter of the 14th century, Edward II spent £1,100 repairing and reinforcing Portchester Castle. A plot to overthrow Henry V was discovered and the culprits apprehended at Portchester; this event features in Shakespeare's play, Henry V. Later in its history, the castle was used as a prison.
Today Portchester Castle is a Scheduled Ancient Monument, and a Grade I listed building. The castle has been in the ownership of the Southwick Estate since the 17th century but is managed by English Heritage and open to visitors throughout the year. The Norman church, St. Mary's, which stands in the south-east corner of the grounds, falls within the Anglican Diocese of Portsmouth.
Information taken from Wikipedia:
Location of Portchester Castle
Address: Portchester Castle, Church Lane, Portchester, Fareham PO16 9QW