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Royal Garrison Church

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Royal Garrison Church was constructed c. 1212 as part of a hospital complex. Although the nave was badly damaged in a 1941 fire-bomb raid on Portsmouth, the chancel remains roofed and furnished.
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January 24, 2020
Nice place to walk past and peer into. Lost its nave roof during the second world war. One can also climb up the ramparts or walk under, through the tunnel. Interesting place near to Gunwharf and Spice island
September 26, 2019
The Garrison church is older than the Anglican cathedral and has some very interesting history. Worth a visit for anyone interested in Portsmouth history. check opening times.
July 9, 2019
Royal Garrison Church was built in about 1212 by the Bishop of Winchester as part of a hospital and hostel for pilgrims. Used as an ammunition store after the Reformation, it became part of the governor of Portsmouth’s house during Elizabeth I’s reign. The church was restored in the 19th century,…
January 27, 2014
Roofless church bombed during the war
September 8, 2013
Church built in 1212. Destroyed by fire bombs on 10 January 1941, but the chancel survived. King Charles II married there in 1662.

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