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Portchester was originally an important Roman fort and by the 14th century had been re-fortified several times yet by the 16th century had fallen into disrepair. Why did this happen

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Question 1: Portchester was originally an important Roman fort and by the 14th century had been re-fortified several times yet by the 16th century had fallen into disrepair. Why did this happen? Romans: In the 5th century, the Romans were under attack from Saxon pirates on the south coast which lead to the development of the curtain wall and bastions to better defend the castle and give safe anchorage for ships. The evidence which is still visible today is the curtain wall and the bastions. ...read more.

Middle

The evidence still visible today are the inner bailey, the ditches around it and the water gate arch. Richard II: Richard II built a palace in the castle grounds in 1396-99. this was built to provide a comfortable living space for himself and his guests. The evidence still visible today is the walls and the foundations of the palace. Tudors: In 1415, Henry V prepared at Portchester for the campaign against the French at Agincourt. ...read more.

Conclusion

English Heritage: Since the end of the sites use as a defence purpose and to hold the royal family. the English heritage has looked after the castle and its grounds to preserve what is left of it for future generations. It is now open as a tourist attraction to the general public. Conclusion: I believe from what I have researched and found out, that Portchester castle started to fall into disrepair around the Tudor time. This was because the Tudor ships were to large to fit inside the harbour surrounding Portchester. ...read more.

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