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Portsmouth Kings House

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
King's Hall

In the civil parish of Portsmouth.
In the historic county of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
Modern Authority of Portsmouth; City of.
1974 county of Hampshire.
Medieval County of Hampshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SZ636995
Latitude 50.79070° Longitude -1.10047°

Portsmouth Kings House has been described as a certain Palace, and also as a probable Fortified Manor House.

There are no visible remains.


The king himself had houses built there, for in 1197–8 £2 18s. 3d. was spent on the improvement of his houses and hall (curia) at Portsmouth, and in the same year 4s. was accounted for as the rent of building sites. (Pipe R. 9 Ric. I.) From these accounts, and from the sums spent in the following year on tables and benches for the king's house, it would appear that the latter at least was new. (Pipe R. 10 Ric. I.) In 1298 it was in such bad repair that it threatened to collapse, and an inquisition being taken as to its value, the hall, with certain other houses, was assessed at £40, the chapel at £20, and the site at 2s. (Misc. Inq. file 36, No. 13) The position of this building may be marked by the name Kingshall Green, which was given to the site of the former Clarence Barracks in Penny Street. (East). (VCH)

Richard had the buildings protected by a ditch. Henry III had the buildings repaired from time to time and built a chamber and chapel for the Queen. (PastScape ref. HKW)

Site now near to City Museum which was formerly Clarence Barracks.
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