The Info List - Portchester

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is a locality and suburb 6 km (4 mi) 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 2011 Census
was 17,789 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 See also 8 References 9 External links

Name[edit] Portchester
is derived from its former Latin
name Portus Adurni
Portus Adurni
and the Old English
Old English
suffix ceaster ("fort; fortified town"). History[edit] Main article: Portus Adurni The fort of Portus Adurni
Portus Adurni
is considered the best-preserved Roman fort north of the Alps.[2] It is sometimes identified as the Caer Peris[3] listed by the 9th-century History of the Britons as among the 28 cities of Britain.[4][5] The medieval Portchester Castle
Portchester Castle
was built within the Roman fort. Amenities[edit] As well as the castle, its parish church St Mary's[6] is listed as a Grade I protected building.[7][8] 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[edit]

Castle Portsdown Hill
Portsdown Hill
- Including Portchester
Common[9] a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) Wicor Recreation Ground[10] - Home to A.F.C. Portchester
A.F.C. Portchester
and Wicor Skate Park.[11]


Community School, a mixed comprehensive community school for 11- to 16-year-olds. Wicor Primary School[12] Northern Infant School[13] Northern Junior School[14] Red Barn Primary School[15] Castle Primary School[16]

Crematorium[edit] 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).[17] Those cremated there include two World War I
World War I
Victoria Cross
Victoria Cross
recipients, Norman Augustus Finch
Norman Augustus Finch
and James Ockendon
James Ockendon
who both died in 1966.[18] Sport and leisure[edit] Portchester
has a Non-League football
Non-League football
club A.F.C. Portchester, which plays at Wicor Recreation Ground. Notable residents[edit]

Neil Astley, publisher and founding editor of Bloodaxe Books, born in Portchester Emily Farmer, watercolour painter[19] Neil Gaiman, author, born in Portchester[20][21] 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

Transport[edit] Rail[edit] 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, Chichester
and Brighton. London services to London Waterloo
London Waterloo
(via Fareham) and London Victoria (via Barnham) also stop at the station. Bus services[edit] First Hampshire
& Dorset services to Portsmouth, Havant, Fareham, Titchfield, Locks Heath
Locks Heath
and Warsash. Road[edit] The A27 road
A27 road
cuts through the centre of Portchester
running east/west between Fareham
and Cosham on the northern outskirts of Portsmouth. Access to the M27 motorway
M27 motorway
is via Junction 11 at Fareham
or Junction 12 at Port Solent. See also[edit]

Community School A.F.C. Portchester


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Castle, London: English Heritage, p. 3, ISBN 978-1-84802-007-8  ^ Nennius (attrib.). Theodor Mommsen
Theodor Mommsen
(ed.). Historia Brittonum, VI. Composed after AD 830. (in Latin) Hosted at Latin
Wikisource. ^ Ford, David Nash. "The 28 Cities of Britain" at Britannia. 2000. ^ Newman, John Henry & al. Lives of the English Saints: St. German, Bishop of Auxerre, Ch. X: "Britain in 429, A. D.", p. 92. James Toovey (London), 1844. ^ St Mary's Portchester. ^ "CHURCH OF ST MARY - 1339235 Historic England". list.english-heritage.org.uk. Retrieved 28 July 2016.  ^ "News: Breaking stories & updates". Sunday Telegraph. telegraph.co.uk (2,409). 12 August 2007. Retrieved 28 July 2016.  ^ " Portchester
Common". fareham.gov.uk. Retrieved 28 July 2016.  ^ http://www.fareham.gov.uk/leisure/sport_and_fitness/recgrounds.aspx[permanent dead link] ^ "Wicor Skate Park". fareham.gov.uk. Retrieved 28 July 2016.  ^ "Wicor Primary School: Home". wicor.hants.sch.uk. Retrieved 28 July 2016.  ^ "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 July 2016.  ^ "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 Press, 2004 accessed 8 Aug 2007 ^ What's fame got to do with it?, Frances Atkinson, The Age, 24 July 2005 ^ Flood, Alison. " Neil Gaiman
Neil Gaiman
novel inspires Portsmouth
street name". theguardian. the guardian. Retrieved 30 April 2015. 

External links[edit]

St Mary's Portchester