Castles and Fortifications of England and Wales

SOUTHSEA CASTLE


SOUTHSEA CASTLE
Photo Charles Taylor

Built in 1544 as a gun battery by King Henry VIII to protect Portsmouth and the Solent. During the Civil War in 1642, Parliamentarian soldiers climbed over the walls and captured the castle. It was repaired and enlarged in 1814 after a large explosion in 1759 badly damaged he structure and the defences were strengthened again in 1860 by Palmerston.


Photo Charles Taylor

 

Directions
On the southern tip of Southsea
Clarence Esplanade, Portsmouth PO5 3PA

 



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