16 retro photos capture Southsea Castle through the years

With it being one of the most attractive and historical landmarks on the South Coast, we thought you’d like to see a few images of the castle from over the years.

Tuesday, 2nd February 2021, 6:18 pm
Southsea Castle from the past. But what was the year?
Picture: Paul Costen collection
Southsea Castle from the past. But what was the year? Picture: Paul Costen collection

Southsea Castle was one in a series of forts constructed for King Henry VIII.

The castle was built in 1544, as there were fears of a French attack on Portsmouth. It was believed to have been designed by the King himself. Not long after the castle was completed, on 18 July 1545, the French approached Portsmouth after landing on the Isle of Wight.

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Southsea Castle 32 pounder on iron garrison carriage. March 1973

Henry VIII sent out his fleet and was at Southsea Castle for the Battle of the Solent. Sadly his much-loved flagship The Mary Rose sank during the battle.

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The floral clock, Southsea Castle 22nd July 1992
Southsea Castle March 1980
The young pop group, all crewmen from the Russian destroyer Obraztsovy, gave concerts on the grass slopes of Southsea Castle during the holiday weekend, 1976. The News PP5041
Southsea Castle and fountain November 1986
Southsea Castle exhibits July 1992
Southsea Castle cannons June 1971
The Royal car arriving at Southsea Castle at the start of her visit in June 1977. The News PP4020
Southsea Castle May 1971
The Royal Marines band beat the retreat at Southsea Castle to mark the return of the Royal Marines headquarters to Portsmouth, 1993. The News PP5160
Sea defences February 1976
Southsea Castle 1923
Southsea Castle August 1975
Southsea Castle drilling machine within the museum. The block making machine, designed by Marc Isambard Brunel was used to make wooden pulley blocks for the navy. August 1975.
The entrance to Southsea Castle a century ago with the long gone lighthouse keeper's cottage