Overlooking Portland Harbour in Dorset stands one of Henry VIII’s finest coastal forts, built in the early 1540s to protect against French and Spanish invasion. Today it provides a great day out for visitors and its audio tour, included in the admission price tells of the castle’s 450 year history and the part it played in WW1 & WWII.
Winner of Sandford Award 2009.
In 1815 the castle was conveyed to the family of Manning, but on the death of the late Captain Manning it reverted to the Crown. The building consists of an oblong walled enclosure in rear, with a circular fronted tower with battery in front, and enclosed by the wall, standing immediately above high-water line on the shore. In a little closet in the old guardroom is the following inscription on the wall in old English letters: “God save Kinge Henri the VIII of that name, and Prins Edward, begotten of Quene Jane, my ladi Mari that goodi virgin, and the ladi Elizabeth so towardli, with the Kinges honorable counselers”. (Castles Of England, Sir James D. Mackenzie, 1896)