Place:Portchester, Hampshire, England

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 Castrasource: Blue Guide: England (1980) p 111
Wicorsource: manor in parish
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates50.833°N 1.117°W
Located inHampshire, England
See alsoPortsdown Hundred, Hampshire, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Fareham Rural, Hampshire, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1932
Fareham, Hampshire, Englandurban district into which the greater part was transferred in 1932
Fareham District, Hampshire, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog

the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia

Portchester is a locality and suburb 6 km (4 mi) northwest of Portsmouth in Hampshire, England. It is part of the District or Borough of Fareham. 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.

Portchester was a civil parish within the Fareham Rural District from 1894 until 1932. In 1932 it ceased to be a separate civil parish and its area was divided between Fareham Urban District and Portsmouth County Borough with Fareham receiving close to 90% of the area. (Source: A Vision of Britain through Time)


the text in this section is quoted in full from Wikipedia

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

Obviously, according to Wikipedia, nothing has happened in Portchester in the past 1500 years.

Research Tips

  • Victoria County History of Hampshire, volume 3, chapter on Portchester.
  • GENUKI has a list of archive holders in Hampshire including the Hampshire Record Office, various museums in Portsmouth and Southhampton, the Isle of Wight Record Office and Archives.
  • The Hampshire Online Parish Clerk project has a large collection of transcriptions from Parish Registers across Hampshire.
  • A listing of all the Registration Districts in England and Wales since their introduction in 1837 together with tables listing the parishes that were part of each district and the time period covered, along with detailed notes on changes of parish name, mergers, etc. Do respect the copyright on this material.
  • The three-storey City Museum in Winchester covers the Iron Age and Roman periods, the Middle Ages, and the Victorian period.
  • Volumes in The Victoria County History Series are available for Hampshire through British History Online. There are three volumes and the county is covered by parishes within the old divisions of "hundreds".
A collection of maps on the A Vision of Britain through Time website illustrating the English county of Hampshire over the period 1832-1932 (the last two are expandible):
  • A group of maps of the post-1974 municipal districts or boroughs of Hampshire on Wikipedia Commons