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Porchester Castle Hampshire

Porchester Castle Hampshire

Artist: Grose, Francis

Medium: Pen and ink on paper

Date: 1779

Shelfmark: Ktop XIV

Item number: 64 f

Genre: Topographical Drawing

A significant fort since the Roman era, Porchester castle remained in continual use for several centuries as a defensive coastal stronghold, and thus retained its good condition longer than many comparable forts. Henry I founded the castle around AD1120, repairing the walls, building the gates and a keep. The castle was a convenient station for Norman monarchs preparing to travel to Normandy. In 1133, a small Augustinian priory was built in the keep. The castle was almost destroyed when captured by the Dauphin Louis of France in 1217.

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