Reconstruction of Napoleonic prisoners, Portchester Castle, Portchester, Hampshire

This is a reconstruction drawing of what it would have been like for the Napoleonic prisoners of war who were crowded into Keep. The conditions must have been appalling. The castle had been used as prison since 1665. In 1760 it is recorded that there were 3,200 prisoners kept at the castle. In 1794 13 new timber houses were built within the castles walls, each to hold 500 prisoners, with 1,000 more to be kept in the keep. This property is now in the care of English Heritage (2012). Find out more.


Hampshire Portchester


Georgian (1714 - 1836)


prisoner war castle reconstruction drawing