Place:Portchester, Hampshire, England

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NamePortchester
Alt namesPorcestresource: Domesday Book (1985) p 124
Porchestersource: Domesday Book (1985) p 124
Portcestresource: Domesday Book (1985) p 124
Porteceastersource: Dictionary of British Place Names (1994) p 318
Portus Adurnisource: Athena, Romano-British Sites [online] (2000); Princeton Encyclopedia of Classical Sites (1979) p 731
Portus Ardaonisource: Romano-British Placenames [online] (1999) accessed 17 August 2004
Portus Ardoanisource: Dictionary of British Place Names (1994) p 318
Portus Castrasource: Blue Guide: England (1980) p 111
TypeTown
Coordinates50.833°N 1.117°W
Located inHampshire, England
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


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Portchester is a locality and suburb 6 miles (10 km) 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.

The fort of Portus Adurni is considered the best preserved Roman fort north of the Alps. The name Portchester is of partly Roman origin, from Latin portus (a harbour) and Old English ceaster (Roman fort). The medieval Portchester Castle was built within the fort.

As well as the castle, its Grade I Listed parish church St Mary's and the abundance of historic houses in Castle Street, this suburb is well placed for waterfront leisure activities, only a short distance from the UK's third largest marina at Port Solent, and from the historic city of Portsmouth and the market town of Fareham.

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