From its commanding position, Portchester Castle has long controlled the natural harbour of Portsmouth. In the late 3rd century AD the Romans built a fort here, which remains the most completely preserved Roman fort north of the Alps. In the 5th century the fort became a Saxon stronghold against Viking raids, and in the 12th century a castle was built within the fort walls. This became an impressive royal residence, and an ideal departure point for military campaigns on the continent – most notably Henry V’s in 1415 that culminated in his victory at Agincourt. Although increasingly overshadowed by Portsmouth, Portchester remained occupied until the 17th century, and later served as a prisoner-of-war camp until the end of the Napoleonic Wars.
Now enlisted as one of our nations Scheduled Monuments PIERRA , working directly with English Heritage and drawing on their experience of previously working on Scheduled Ancient Monuments, will be responsible for the de-vegetation and consolidation of the Inner Bailey , Gatehouse and curtain walling to ensure the monument is preserved for future generations to enjoy. This is a project the team are extremely excited about and are looking forward to starting in October.