View from Portchester Castle looking towards Portsmouth Harbour

Portchester Castle

Portchester Castle is the best preserved of the Roman ‘Saxon Shore’ forts. Originally built at the end of the 3rd century, the perimeter walls are mainly still standing to full height.

It became a Norman castle in the 12th century when the tower keep was built.

The castle served as a staging post for supporting expeditions (meddling?) and defending against cross channel raids (terrorist ?). It was also used  as a staging post for Agincourt and as a  prisoner of war camp during and after the Dutch, Napoleonic and Anglo American wars.

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Photographs by Barrie Webb

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