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Where we live......a little bit of history.

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Let me take you to Porchester first…….


Portchester Castle’s commanding location has made it a major factor in the Solent’s defences for hundreds of years.

The most impressive and best- preserved of the Roman ‘Saxon Shore’ forts, Portchester Castle was originally built in the late 3rd century. Covering an area of nearly ten acres, it is the only Roman stronghold in northern Europe whose walls still mainly stand to their full 6 metre height, complete with most of their originally twenty towers. Subsequently housing a Saxon settlement, the huge waterside fortress became a Norman castle in the 12th century, when a formidable tower-keep was built in one corner.

Portchester Castle was in the front line throughout the Hundred Years War, serving as a staging-post for expeditions to France and repelling cross- Channel raids. Richard II transformed part of the castle into a palace in 1396, and Henry V used it as an embarkation point for the Agincourt campaign in 1415. Thereafter it saw little action, but was used to house troops in the Civil War, and prisoners of war during the Dutch and Napoleonic Wars and the Anglo-American War of 1812-14.


I love the way the thrift is growing on this wall….
Surrounding the castle is a moat, and beautiful views to Porchester Harbour.


Now something very different Port Solent Marina, a shopping, dining, and entertainment centre, and of course sailing, all the best boats can be found here, mine included………I wish!!


I thought this one might suit me………….I should need a good crew, any offers?
Well just a few sights of Hampshire, more to come!!

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love the castle dotty, i enjoy looking at them, great boats and like yours lol,
cost a packet, maybe when you win the lotery dotty :o)) lovely pics

17 Feb, 2010

 

lovely place dd and great pics yes i have a boat just like yours but mine is pink and white lol..

17 Feb, 2010

 

Very interesting, DD2. I have often been down that way but have never visited the castle or the marina.

17 Feb, 2010

 

great blog and beautiful pic's.
i told the hired help notttttttttt to leave my boat there without a cover lol

17 Feb, 2010

 

lol irish i would sack them for that :o))

17 Feb, 2010

 

i think your right Joanella ,,,,,,, Vacancy now for staff, wages will consist of monopoly money ,,,, great working conditions, out in all weather , no time off hence Monopoly money wage lol

17 Feb, 2010

 

Really enjoyed this blog Dd, I`m always interested in the history behind a place and castles have always fascinated me. Beautiful photographs as well......

17 Feb, 2010

 

Can I join the boat crew Dotty, I`m a hard worker! Beautiful scenery, thanks for explaining the history of Porchester castle, very interesting indeed. :o)

17 Feb, 2010

 

Definitely a place to visit - particularly now I know so much of the history linked to it. Thanks Daisy.

18 Feb, 2010

 

What a lovely place thanks for showing us the photos.

18 Feb, 2010

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Thank you, DD, for your interesting blog! Lovely place...

19 Feb, 2010

 

Thanks to you all, there are some great sites to see in Hampshire.
Labdancer of course you can? The Marina has many wonderful eating places where you can sit outside and see how the other half live, several flats with their own moorings( lots of footballer's wives), some of the boats never move out of the marina, they even have their meals delivered to their boat!! another world lol

19 Feb, 2010

 

Thanks for the info DD, looks and sounds to be a nice place to visit. Will have to book my cruiser into the marina for the weekend...........I wish.

19 Feb, 2010

 

Your welcome Homebird....

23 Feb, 2010

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