Inside an ancient Roman fort 🏰 at the northern end of Portsmouth Harbour sits Portchester Castle, believed to have been constructed towards the end of the 11th century. The Roman fort surrounding it dates back even further, built around 300AD along with several other coastline forts to combat pirate raids ⛵️⚔️ Portchester Castle has had a storied history over its millennia-long existence, as a royal residence and point of military assembly before embarkment to conflicts with France. It was also a prison in the 17th century and due to the relatively well-preserved condition of the castle, evidence of prisoner activity including graffiti is still clearly visible. St. Mary’s church ⛪ is another 1000 year old structure within the fort grounds and was also used as part of the castle prison until prisoners set fire to the church 🔥 The (now rebuilt) church is a functioning parish to this day, although the graves in the church cemetery date back several centuries.
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📍Portchester, England 🇬🇧 #portchester #england #portchestercastle