Southsea Castle is one of Henry VIIIs device forts also known as Henrician Castles. Built in 1544 on the waterfront on the southern end of Portsea Island (an area that later became Southsea, named after the castle), it was built to guard the eastern entrance of the Solent and the entrance to Portsmouth Harbour. Henry VIII apparently watched the English flagship Mary Rose sink from this location in 1545 in the Battle of the Solent with the dastardly French invasion fleet. See previous pics for the full story of this castle. In 1828 the lighhthouse was constructed on the western gun platform.
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Photo taken in Castle Field, Clarence Esplanade, Portsmouth, Southsea, Portsmouth PO5 3ST, UK
Misplaced? Suggest new location