Porchester Castle


Frances Murray Russell Flint


russell flint watercolour, france, porchester castle
'Porchester Castle'
Original Watercolour
Image Size 21.25" x 14.5" (54 x 37cm)

Portchester Castle is a medieval fortress that was developed within the walls of the Roman fort at Portchester to the east of Fareham in Hampshire.
The keep was probably built in the late 11th century as a baronial castle and Portchester was taken under royal control in 1154.
The Romans built a huge fort here, which remains the best preserved Roman fort north of the Alps.
After the Norman Conquest a castle was built in one corner of the fort, which grew into an impressive royal residence.
From 1665 Portchester was frequently used to house foreign prisoners of war, most notably during the wars with France between 1793 and 1815.

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