SY6874 : Portland Castle (2): from the north-west

taken 9 years ago, near to Fortuneswell, Dorset, Great Britain

Portland Castle (2): from the north-west
Portland Castle (2): from the north-west
This was one of a chain of fortifications - the 'Device Forts' - commissioned by Henry VIII to defend the English coast from Cornwall to the Thames Estuary. In plan the castle amounts to somewhat more than a semi-circle: a long arc of wall faces the sea (on the left here), while the two walls on the landward side are straight, meeting each other at a shallow apex. The moat which once existed on the landward side has been filled in.

What strikes me is that there are very few architectural clues as to the date of the building, at least when seen from outside. There are none of the mouldings, gargoyles or heraldic devices to be seen at Henry's castle at St Mawes (for instance), built at much the same time. Am I the only one to think Portland Castle has a whiff of South Bank Modernism about it ?
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Date Taken
Thursday, 5 May, 2011   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 15 May, 2011
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Castle > Castle   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SY 684 743 [100m precision]
WGS84: 50:34.0823N 2:26.8278W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SY 683 744
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Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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