|Did King Henry VIII stand on this spot to |
watch the Mary Rose sink...
|Southsea Castle (centre, in the distance to the left of the lighthouse)|
Seen form Southsea Common.
Indeed, Southsea Castle is perhaps most well-known for being the place from which, on 19th July, 1545, King Henry VIII witnessed the sinking of the Mary Rose. My aim was to revisit the spot where Henry stood…
|The Mary Rose - flying green and white Tudor pennants.|
|The entrance to Southsea Castle.|
|The keep - an original part of Henry's Castle.|
|Standing on the ramparts, looking west across the entrance|
to Portsmouth harbour.
It is hard to imagine how Southsea Castle looked in Tudor times but part of Henry’s original castle can still be seen at the keep, as well as East and West gun platforms. The keep, its walls up to 3 metres thick, was blissfully cool inside on the hot summer’s day of my visit. Whilst I’m not convinced I found the exact spot where King Henry VIII stood on that fateful day in 1545 – I hope the photos give some flavour of the view. Most of the photographs were taken from the ramparts – which were built in the early 1800’s as canon placements during the Napoleonic wars.