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Portland Castle, Isle of Portland

Portland Castle, Isle of Portland

Artist: Grimm, Samuel Hieronymus

Medium: Ink on paper

Date: 1790

Shelfmark: Additional MS 15537

Item number: f.183

Length: 18.4

Width: 26.3

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Manuscript

This castle, built in 1540, overlooked Portland roads, an important anchorage point in Dorset. Many such forts were built by King Henry VIII along this southern stretch of coastline to repel invasion by the French and Spanish after Henry's break from the Catholic Church. In the early 19th century the castle was converted into a private house, but was restored to its original function during the Second World War.

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