Portchester castle

While I was in Gosport near Southampton in England I decided to visit Portchester castle. This castle is seen from Portsmouth harbour and it had a role in the defence from the stretch of the water. All the Romans, Normans and Saxons were protected from raiders and pirates in this location.

The castle has great for royal residence and It’s where armies departed off to the Continent. By the 17th century the castle became a prison.

This tower is called the keep and It is a great masterpiece of architecture on the castle. The thick walls are well presented with small cut stones. It was built on a square plan and the tower is about 30m high.

On the walls of the castle I found some lovely flints attached to them to take photographs of.

This is the drawbridge that goes into the gatehouse.
This design is the entrance to Richard ll’s Palace.
These are the four windows that are in the great hall.
This is the stairs that goes up to the top of the keep

These are birds on the second floor in front of the beams that were used for the prisoners hammocks during the Napoleonic wars

A close up image of one of the birds with some writing on it.
A birds eye view of the second floor.
A view of Portsmouth from the top of the keep.

This church is called Church of St Mary which is a building in the Outer Bailey. Weddings are so popular in there as you see the wedding couple in the photo. This church was part of the Augustinian monastery within the castle grounds.

These are the perimeter walls of one side of the outer Bailey.

This is the landgate which stands within the forecourt.
I couldn’t believe how high it was when I took this photo.

It is amazing how you can see the whole site of Portchester castle from a very high view.

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