PORTCHESTER is a locality and suburb 6 km (4 mi) northwest of
England . It is part of the borough of
Hampshire . Once a small village,
Portchester is now a busy part of
the expanding conurbation between
Southampton on the
A27 main thoroughfare. Its population according to the 2001
approximately 17 000 residents.
* 1 Name
* 2 History
* 3 Amenities
* 3.1 Public open spaces
* 3.2 Schools
* 3.3 Crematorium
* 4 Sport and leisure
* 5 Notable residents
* 6 Transport
* 6.1 Rail
* 6.2 Bus services
* 6.3 Road
* 7 Sister Cities
* 8 See also
* 9 References
* 10 External links
Portchester is derived from its former
Latin name PORTUS ADURNI and
Old English suffix ceaster ("fort; fortified town").
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 mediaeval
Portchester Castle was built
within the Roman fort.
As well as the castle, its parish church St Mary's is listed as a
Grade I protected building. 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
PUBLIC OPEN SPACES
Portsdown Hill - Including
Portchester Common a Site of Special
Scientific Interest (SSSI)
* Wicor Recreation Ground - Home to
A.F.C. Portchester and Wicor
Portchester Community School , a mixed comprehensive community
school for 11- to 16-year-olds.
* Wicor Primary School
* Northern Infant School
* Northern Junior School
* Red Barn Primary School
* Castle Primary School
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). Those cremated there include two
World War I
World War I
Victoria Cross recipients,
Norman Augustus Finch and James
Ockendon who both died in 1966.
SPORT AND LEISURE
Portchester has a
Non-League football club
A.F.C. Portchester , which
plays at Wicor Recreation Ground.
Neil Astley , publisher and founding editor of Bloodaxe Books,
born in Portchester
Emily Farmer , watercolour painter
Neil Gaiman , author, born in
Steve Ridgway , Chief Executive, Virgin Atlantic Airways
* Mike Hancock , former MP for
Portsmouth South and former
Councillor for Fratton ward, has lived here for over 30 years
Portchester railway station is managed and operated by South Western
Railway with frequent Southern Railway services. Services run along
the coast to
Havant , Chichester
Brighton . London services to
London Waterloo (via Fareham) and
London Victoria (via Barnham) also stop at the station.
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James Toovey (London), 1844.
* ^ St Mary\'s Portchester.
* ^ "CHURCH OF ST MARY - 1339235 Historic England".
list.english-heritage.org.uk. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
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* ^ "
Portchester Common". fareham.gov.uk. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
* ^ "Wicor Skate Park". fareham.gov.uk. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
* ^ "Wicor Primary School: Home". wicor.hants.sch.uk. Retrieved 28
* ^ "Northern Infant School". northern-inf.hants.sch.uk. Retrieved
28 July 2016.
* ^ "Northern Junior School". northern-jun.hants.sch.uk. Retrieved
28 July 2016.
* ^ "Home - Red Barn Community Primary School".
redbarnprimaryschool.co.uk. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
* ^ "Home Castle Primary School". castleprimaryschool.co.uk.
Retrieved 28 July 2016.
* ^ "Crematorium website". portchestercrematorium.org. Retrieved 28
* ^ "Burial locations of VC holders in Hampshire".
victoriacross.org. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
* ^ B. S. Long, "Farmer, Emily (1826–1905)", rev. Charlotte
Yeldham, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University
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* ^ What\'s fame got to do with it?, Frances Atkinson, The Age, 24
* ^ Flood, Alison. "
Neil Gaiman novel inspires
name". theguardian. the guardian. Retrieved 30 April 2015.