Portchester is a locality and suburb 6 km (4 mi) northwest
of Portsmouth, 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 2011
3.1 Public open spaces
4 Sport and leisure
5 Notable residents
6.2 Bus services
7 See also
9 External links
Portchester is derived from its former
Portus Adurni and
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. It is sometimes identified as the Caer 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.
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 Fareham.
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
World War I
World War I
Victoria Cross recipients,
Norman Augustus Finch
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
Emily Farmer, watercolour painter
Neil Gaiman, author, born in Portchester
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
Portchester railway station is managed and operated by South Western
Railway with frequent Southern Railway services. Services run along
the coast to Southampton, Fareham, Portsmouth, Havant,
Brighton. London services to
London Waterloo (via Fareham) and London
Victoria (via Barnham) also stop at the station.
Hampshire & Dorset services to Portsmouth, Havant, Fareham,
Locks Heath and Warsash.
A27 road cuts through the centre of
Portchester running east/west
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.
Portchester Community School
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^ "Northern Junior School". northern-jun.hants.sch.uk. Retrieved 28
^ "Home - Red Barn Community Primary School".
redbarnprimaryschool.co.uk. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
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^ What's fame got to do with it?, Frances Atkinson, The Age, 24 July
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theguardian. the guardian. Retrieved 30 April 2015.