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For the village in New York, see Port Chester.
Portchester is located in Hampshire
 Portchester shown within Hampshire
OS grid reference SU6105
District Fareham
Shire county Hampshire
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town FAREHAM
Postcode district PO16 - PO17
Dialling code 023/01329
Police Hampshire
Fire Hampshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Fareham
List of places

Coordinates: 50°50′31″N 1°07′12″W / 50.842°N 1.12°W / 50.842; -1.12

View of Portchester from Portsdown Hill; castle keep on left, Portsmouth harbour and city in background

Portchester is a locality and suburb 6 km (4 mi) northwest of Portsmouth, England. It is part of the borough of Fareham in Hampshire. Once a small village, Portchester is now a busy part of the expanding conurbation between Portsmouth and Southampton on the A27 main thoroughfare. Its population according to the 2001 Census was approximately 17 000 residents.


Portchester is derived from its former Latin name Portus Adurni and the Old English suffix ceaster ("fort; fortified town").


Main article: Portus Adurni

The fort of Portus Adurni is considered the best-preserved Roman fort north of the Alps.[1] It is sometimes identified as the Cair Peris[2] listed by the 9th-century History of the Britons as among the 28 cities of Britain.[3][4] The medieval Portchester Castle was built within the Roman fort.


As well as the castle, its parish church St Mary's[5] is listed as a Grade I protected building.[6][7] There are also many historic houses in Castle Street. This suburb is well placed for waterfront leisure activities, only a short distance from the UK's 3rd-largest marina at Port Solent, from the historic city of Portsmouth, and from the market town of Fareham.

Public open spaces[edit]



Opened in 1958, it is on the lower slopes of Portsdown Hill. It is owned by a Joint Committee representing the City of Portsmouth and the Boroughs of Fareham, Havant and Gosport. It has two chapels, the North (added 1969) and South (original).[16] Those cremated there include two World War I Victoria Cross recipients, Norman Augustus Finch and James Ockendon who both died in 1966.[17]

Sport and leisure[edit]

Portchester has a Non-League football club A.F.C. Portchester, which plays at Wicor Recreation Ground.

Notable residents[edit]



Portchester railway station is managed and operated by South West Trains with frequent Southern Railway services. Services run along the coast to Southampton, Fareham, Portsmouth, Havant, Chichester and Brighton. London services to London Waterloo (via Fareham) and London Victoria (via Barnham) also stop at the station.

Bus services[edit]

First Hampshire & Dorset services to Portsmouth, Havant, Fareham, Titchfield, Locks Heath and Warsash


The A27 road cuts through the centre of Portchester running east/west between Fareham and Cosham on the northern outskirts of Portsmouth. Access to the M27 motorway is via Junction 11 at Fareham or Junction 12 at Port Solent

Sister Cities[edit]

Portchester is twinned with:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Goodall, John (2008) [2003], Portchester Castle, London: English Heritage, p. 3, ISBN 978-1-84802-007-8 
  2. ^ Nennius (attrib.). Theodor Mommsen (ed.). Historia Brittonum, VI. Composed after AD 830. (Latin) Hosted at Latin Wikisource.
  3. ^ Ford, David Nash. "The 28 Cities of Britain" at Britannia. 2000.
  4. ^ Newman, John Henry & al. Lives of the English Saints: St. German, Bishop of Auxerre, Ch. X: "Britain in 429, A. D.", p. 92. James Toovey (London), 1844.
  5. ^ St Mary's Portchester.
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ [2] Sunday Telegraph Issue No:2,409 12 August 2007
  8. ^ http://www.fareham.gov.uk/leisure/parks_and_open_spaces/portchestercommon.aspx
  9. ^ http://www.fareham.gov.uk/leisure/sport_and_fitness/recgrounds.aspx
  10. ^ http://www.fareham.gov.uk/leisure/parks_and_open_spaces/skate_parks/wicorskate.aspx
  11. ^ http://www.wicor.hants.sch.uk
  12. ^ http://www.northern-inf.hants.sch.uk
  13. ^ http://www.northern-jun.hants.sch.uk
  14. ^ http://www.redbarnprimaryschool.co.uk
  15. ^ http://www.castleprimaryschool.co.uk
  16. ^ [3] Crematorium website.
  17. ^ [4] Burial locations of VC holders in Hampshire.
  18. ^ B. S. Long, "Farmer, Emily (1826–1905)", rev. Charlotte Yeldham, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 accessed 8 Aug 2007
  19. ^ What's fame got to do with it?, Frances Atkinson, The Age, 24 July 2005
  20. ^ Flood, Alison. "Neil Gaiman novel inspires Portsmouth street name". theguardian. the guardian. Retrieved 30 April 2015. 

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