Castle Street, Portchester

Castle Street, Portchester
Castle Street, Portchester

THIS WEEK IN 1999: More groups line up to take over tower

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A deserted Castle Street, Portchester, with the renowned New Inn on the left.

This famous old pub was once owned by Lion Breweries of Winchester, one of six at Portchester.

It was famous for being covered with ivy and was also known as the Ivy House. At one time the ivy penetrated the thick walls and grew all around the inside walls of the famous Ivy Room.

After closing as a pub it became a private residence before becoming a tea room in the 1920s.

Later it became a private home again and the owners decided to have all the ivy removed, a decision which upset many older residents.