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  PFS Spitbank Fort
The fort is circular with an external diameter of 162 feet at the bottom level with the shoal, narrowing to 146 feet at the top surface of the sill course.
On the gun floor level Spitbank is constructed in two halves, the outer iron portion designed to hold nine 10-inch guns whilst the inner brick-vaulted, granite-faced portion facing the harbour entrance was to hold six 7-inch RML guns.
Cylinder was sunk in the centre of the fort to a depth of 58ft.
www.palmerstonforts.org.uk /redan/spit.htm   (4606 words)

 Spitbank Fort - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Spitbank Fort is a sea fort built as a result of the 1859 Royal Commission.
Spitbank is smaller than the two main Solent forts, Horse Sand Fort and No Mans Land Fort, and its main purpose was as a further line of defence for ships that made it past the two main forts.
The fort was finally declared surplus to requirements in 1962 and disposed of by the Ministry of Defence in 1982.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Spitbank_Fort   (409 words)

 Qwika - similar:List_of_forts
Spitbank Fort was a Royal Commission fort built between 1867 and 1878, the smallest of the 3 main forts in the Solent off Portsmouth, England.
Fort Erie was the first British fort to be constructed as part of a network developed after the Seven Years War (or in North America the French and Indian War) was concluded by the Treaty of Paris (1763) at which time all of New France had been ceded to Great Britain.
Fort Breendonk (Google Satellite Image)is a fortification built in 1906 as part of the second ring of defenses (the Réduit national) around the city of Antwerp (Belgium) The fort was used as a prisoncamp by the German occupiers during World War II.
www.qwika.com /rels/List_of_forts   (1827 words)

 Solent Forts info sheet
In 1857, it was proposed that three land forts were to be constructed between the existing Forts Elson and Gomer, the Hilsea Line's fortifications were to be rebuilt at the edge of Portsea Island and additional works along the Southsea coast to be constructed.
By the time the forts had been completed, the "invasion" scare had long since passed and although the forts were armed and re-armed as technology advanced, they were never needed in the capacity in which they had been planned for.
Spitbank Fort was bought by a private buyer in 1982, restored and opened to the public.
www.royalnavalmuseum.org /info_sheets_solentforts.htm   (814 words)

 Forts of the British Empire
Fort Nelson is a large masonry fort near Portsmouth, England built in the 1860's.
The Palmerston Forts Society is a British organization dedicated to exploring and preserving historic British forts of the late 1800's.
Fort Henry in Kingston, Ontario guards the entrance to the Saint Lawrence Seaway.
www.geocities.com /~jmgould/ukforts.html   (385 words)

 Staunton Park Genealogy
The Spithead forts were built in the Solent in the 1860s to protect Portsmouth from bombardment from the sea, at the same time as the Gosport and Portsdown land forts were built.
Spitbank fort was designed to defend the anchorage and the inner approaches to Portsmouth Harbour from French invaders, and act to provide a secondary line of defence against light draft vessels that had managed to pass the heavier fortified outer defensive forts.
An original fort in the shape of a wide pentagon was built in 1746 by the 24-year old Duke of Cumberland to counter a proposed French attack upon Portsmouth from Langstone Harbour, and was built of earth and had a wooden stockade.
www.stauntoninfo.co.uk /7862.html?*session*id*key*=*session*id*val*   (2827 words)

 Spitbank Fort - Review - Palmerston's Folly
Spitbank Fort is one of four Victorian sea forts in Portsmouth harbour, known as ‘Palmerston’s Follies’.
Of the other forts, one is currently unused, while another has been converted into a luxury home (now available as a luxury venue for events, and currently for sale at a bargain ten million pounds).
The fort is a round building, surrounded entirely by sea so that the only way to visit is by boat (the trip takes about 15 minutes each way or can be part of a three-hour tour).
www.dooyoo.co.uk /sightseeing-national/spitbank-fort/96346   (645 words)

 Armchair General Magazine: Interactive Military History
This article focuses on Fort Nelson which sits to the North of Portsmouth Harbour, and which is flanked on either side by Fort Southwick to the East, and Fort Wallington to the West.
This section of the Fort was known as the "Redan" and housed the Fort’s Officers Mess, Quarters and associated areas.
The second entrance to the Fort, and the one used by the public to enter the Museum is made through the Barrack area at a lower level.
www.armchairgeneral.com /articles.php?p=2322&page=1   (566 words)

 The Heritage Coast: Breakwater Fort Construction
As the intended Fort was to be a masonry work with a large interior parade ground, the materials of the outer ring were laid with more care than those in the centre.
Building of the masonry fort would probably have begun at the end of 1866 but for the uncertainty that still existed as to the stability of the foundations and that no plans had yet been approved for the superstructure - so construction was put off year by year.
The relative uselessness of the Fort was recognised, and by 1895 six of the RML had been removed, incredibly from the seaward side.
www.theheritagecoast.co.uk /historyfile/portland_and_weymouth/dorsets_coastal_defences/breakwater_construction.htm   (1436 words)

 Spitbank Fort
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 International Fort Links
Forts of Liege, Belgium Some of the most impressive modern forts built.
The Fortification S?Ede Rivi?es These forts were build in France in the late 1800's in reaction to the Franco-Prussian War.
Fort Monostor In Komarom, Hungary and open to the public.
www.geocities.com /~jmgould/interfort.html   (446 words)

 Hampshire County Council
Spitbank Fort has an armoured face of layers of granite and iron sheet and was constructed with a bomb proof roof of 8ft thick concrete on roof girders.
The present owner, Mr Maguire, purchased Spitbank Fort, a scheduled Ancient Monument, from the Government in 1980 and very skilfully restored it having first constructed a new landing stage which was deemed necessary to make it safe for the public to visit.
Spitbank Fort represents a fine example of Victorian military architecture returned to its former condition and it forms an important link in "The Defence of the Realm" story.
www.hants.gov.uk /scrmxn/c9509.html   (469 words)

 Local Haunts... Bringing the Past to Life
Rising out of the Solent, one mile off shore, like a silent sentinel, Spitbank Fort was constructed between 1861 and 1878 as one of Palmerston’s ‘Follies’, a series of land and sea-based forts designed to repel French invaders during the Napoleonic Wars.
Spitbank Fort was the last of four, fully armoured forts to be constructed to defend the Solent yet, ironically, by the time they were completed, the risk of invasion had passed.
Originally a star-shaped fort built by the Duke of Cumberland, the present building was constructed in 1786 by the Duke of Richmond using convict labour with the purpose of controlling Langstone Harbour.
www.localhaunts.com /localhaunts.html   (1456 words)

 Virtual Globetrotting: Spitbank Sea Fort
The fort is currently in private hands, open as a museum and for private functions.
Work began at Spitbank in 1861, but was stopped in Spring of 1862 due to political wranglings as to the suitability of forts such as these to protect the harbour.
In 1899, the role of the fort was changed to counter light craft instead of heavy warships.
virtualglobetrotting.com /info.php/mid/13693   (508 words)

 Qwika - similar:Solent
No Mans Land Fort was built in the Solent between the years 1867 and 1880 to protect Portsmouth.
Horse Sand Fort, is one of the larger Royal Commission sea forts in the Solent off Portsmouth.
It is 240' across, built between 1865 and 1880, with 2 floors and a basement, armour plated all round.
www.qwika.com /rels/Solent   (1658 words)

 curlykat graphics
Three of the more well known are not land forts, but are based in the Solent, which is the waterway separating Portsmouth from the Isle of Wight.
Only one of the forts is open to the public, where it offers meals, and can be rented for functions.
Another one of the forts has been converted to a luxury home that even boasts a swimming pool.
www.penmarric.ns.ca /curlykatgraphics/portsmouth4.htm   (476 words)

 Pre-Dreadnought Preservation - Coastal Defense
Fort Lytton in Brisbane, Queensland is used by historical re-enactors and they actually fire some of its remaining Victorian ordnance.
Fort Worden is a state park and now also a conference center.
Fort Flagler and Fort Casey which compose the other two points of the "Triangle" are also now state parks.
www.oz.net /~markhow/pre-dred/coastal.htm   (1031 words)

 My Gosport Guide to the Palmerston Forts of Gosport - The Palmerston Solent Forts No Mans land, Horse Sands, Spitbank, ...
A larger fort, 240' across, built between 1865 and 1880, with 2 floors and a basement, armour plated all round.
The construction of St Helens Fort was started in 1867 as a result of a Royal Commission report published in 1859.
It is one of a series of defensive forts built by the then Prime Minister Lord Palmerston to defend the south of England against a possible invasion threat from Napoleon III.
www.mygosport.org /forts_solent.htm   (921 words)

 Joining 1
The Fortress Study Group is the only international society concerned with the study of all aspects of military architecture and fortifications and their armaments, especially works constructed to mount and resist artillery.
Membership of the group is open to every individual or institution with an active interest in the study, protection and preservation of all aspects of fortifications and their armaments of all periods.
Apart from the high standard of its publications, which are both learned and a great source of reference, the society offers the chance to meet with a worldwide family of friends and pursue a hobby that holds many pleasant hours of informative fun.
www.fsgfort.com /Join1.htm   (402 words)

 Spitbank Fort - One of the Solent's Landmarks is sold :: Vail Williams
The fort had been on the market for £500,000 and a sale close to the asking price was achieved.
The Solent forts were designed to protect the important naval harbour of Portsmouth and the famous Spithead anchorage.
Taking 16 years to build, Spitbank Fort was finally completed in 1878 along with three other similar fortifications nicknamed ‘Palmerston’s Follies’ after the Prime Minister who authorised their construction.
www.vailwilliams.com /news.asp?section=&year=&action=show&story_id=217&invest   (434 words)

 Love Is In The Air!
Spitbank Fort are holding a Valentines Ball on Saturday 11th February.
Tickets are priced at £35 per person and include a water taxi to and from the fort, a glass of ‘love potion’, a hot buffet and disco.
For more information contact Spitbank Fort on 023 9250 4207 or email louise@spitbankfort.co.uk The Yellow River Café at Gunwharf Quays are offering their fabulous a la carte menu and on the 14th February, each lady diner will be given a gorgeous orchid and a heart-shaped balloon.
www.visitportsmouth.co.uk /b2b/150.htm   (352 words)

 Spitbank Fort - Review - Take Mother in Law and put her down in the middle of the Solent!!
These forts are part of a chain of coastal defences built to put a stop to any ideas Napolean may have had about invading Victorian Britain.
The Fort offers 360 degrees of view around the Solent and out into the English Channel as well as the chance to explore some of the 50 room which include an original Victorian kitchen.
Spitbank Fort also offers a venue with a difference if you are looking for somewhere to celebrate that special occasion.
www.dooyoo.co.uk /sightseeing-national/spitbank-fort/290483   (793 words)

 Spitbank Fort in the middle of the Solent:: OS grid SZ6397 :: Geograph British Isles - photograph every grid square!
SZ6397 : Spitbank Fort in the middle of the Solent
Spitbank Fort in the middle of the Solent
This is one of four forts built in the Solent during the 1860's to 1880's.
www.geograph.org.uk /photo/7829   (92 words)

 Sea forts. Maunsell Towers any gen? - UK Urban Exploration Forums
Spitbank Fort above is open to the public...
Spitbank in the forground, and the bigger Horse Sand in the background.
Horse Sands Fort has lain derelict for over 50 years, and the new owners Optima Ltd have begun a two year restoation project to bring the Fort back to its former glory.
www.28dayslater.co.uk /forums/showthread.php?t=2742   (879 words)

 Fortifications   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
The fortification and artillery aspect is illustrated by a series of exceptional original photographs showing the fort de Razimont (French Serré de Rivière fort under completion in 1877).
It was one of the four forts in the much vaunted Austrian Quadrilateral defense network with which Napoleon had to contend in 1796.
Tours of the city Kronstadt, sea forts and neighboring Petrodvorets and Oranienbaum.
www.bibliotheca.org.uk /links/fortifications/fortifications.html   (698 words)

 Most Haunted Paranormal Forum > Where the hell is Spitbank Fort?
Dec 11 2006, 06:31 PM The most haunted showing of the spitbank fort is on boxing day at 9pm on living tv...
The 19th century spitbank fort as one recorded death,and the so called lonesome spirit is said to be violent and unpredictable
The most haunted showing of the spitbank fort is on boxing day at 9pm on living tv...
www.mosttaunted.co.uk /mosthaunted/lofiversion/index.php/t1222.html   (619 words)

 SPITHEAD FORTS   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
Horse Sands, No Mans Land and St Helens Forts were built 1865-80, and Spitbank was started 2 years later.
Ryde Fort was abandoned shortly after construction started becouse of unstable foundations.
They cost two to three times as much to build as the land forts, due to the difficulties involved in constructing foundations 20 to 30 foot under water on sand banks.
www.ecastles.co.uk /seafort.html   (168 words)

 Armchair General Magazine: Interactive Military History
In addition to Forts and defences constructed around the city itself, the town of Gosport just across Portsmouth Harbour became host to no less than eight additional Forts.
To add weight to the defences, even more Forts were constructed on the top of Portsdown Hill overlooking both towns.
With commanding views over the city and the harbour, and overlapping fields of fire, the hill forts were intended to defend the area against an inland invasion from the north.
www.armchairgeneral.com /articles.php?p=2321&page=1   (463 words)

 So'ton Friends - Spitbank Fort 2005   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
Spitbank Fort with Fareham Group and others, 14th August
On arrival at the fort, Tina looked well relieved to reach the largely stationary gangplank.
The fort's entrance is behind the suspended launch and is marked VR 1870, a reminder that the fort was completed during Queen Victoria's reign, along with many other fortifications such as Hurst Castle.
www.southampton-plus.org.uk /photo_spitbankfort.htm   (100 words)

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