A visit to Porchester Castle and cricket pitch at Portsmouth in Hampshire.
This is a duplicate copy of item 109.07 and 113.02 - Use version on tape *PM0113* which is probably best quality. This version is incomplete.
L/S of Porchester Castle near Portsmouth, Hampshire; a horse ambles across a field in front of the moat.
M/S of a family of three crossing a bridge over the moat while the commentator says this is "a remarkable example of a Norman castle inside a Roman one". M/S of the family walking through a covered gate into the castle, built at the end of the 3rd Century AD, now in ruins and with a grass covered floor; tilt up to show the tower.
M/S on top of the tower as a couple in matching Aran-style cardigans look out over the wall towards Portsmouth Harbour. High angle L/S of a cricket pitch outside the castle wall, tilt down to show the courtyard below. High angle L/Ss of the other sections of the castle; L/S of a cricket match being played on the pitch next to the castle. Commentator talks of the history of the castle and mentions "A century and a half ago the grounds were first used for the most characteristic of English games - cricket, appropriately enough only a stone's throw from Hambledon where cricket is often said to have been invented".
M/Ss of the cricket match being played; the batting side with a lone woman applauding. M/S of scorers looking out of a window; panning left and down to show a man changing the scoreboard. Commentator says "There can be few other places in the world today where the scorers sit in the upper half of a Roman bastion, with a changing room beneath; or where an ancient Norman keep serves as a grandstand." M/Ss of the game and spectators sitting on benches.
Note: On file are two small booklets and a newspaper article on Porchester Castle. This issue has been transferred to Digibeta twice in error - also on tape *PM0113* - use version on *PM0113* - better quality.