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Report - Fort Gilkicker (June 2015)

Discussion in 'Military Sites' started by gregorious77, Jun 17, 2015.

  1. gregorious77

    gregorious77 28DL Full Member
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    I know its been done on here recently but entry is still no problem and I fancied a looksie in case the housing market Picks up enough for the planned development to continue (stopped due to road access objection from the golf club).
    We went at dusk for added vibe and I like to play with pics.

    HISTORY
    The Fort, a Grade II* Listed Building and Scheduled Ancient Monument, is a unique piece of Victorian engineering and of immense importance to the history of coastal defence in the United Kingdom.

    Fort Gilkicker is a ‘Palmerston’ Fort, so called because it was commissioned in the 19th century by the then Prime Minister, Lord Palmerston, as a gun battery to protect the waters around Portsmouth, which was the most important deep sea anchorage in the British Empire, from the threat of invasion.

    Built on the site of the earlier Fort Monckton Auxiliary Battery, construction commenced in 1863 and was completed in 1871. It consisted of 22 gun emplacements in a semi-circular series of granite-faced casemates designed to sweep the approaches to Portsmouth harbour with devastating gun fire.

    Fort Gilkicker was stood down in 1956 when Coastal Defence was abolished.


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    More history Here

    Sunset was looking good on the way up
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    Lots of scaffolding from initial development work
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    Main building part at the north side is full of room after room with occasional toilets and fireplaces along the way.
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    Main courtyard.
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    Rooms.
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    Another of the courtyard.
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    Ammo lift.
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    Vent down into tunnels (had to find the way in there!)
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    Back outside.
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    Cheesy mockup of the view from apartments.
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  2. gregorious77

    gregorious77 28DL Full Member
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    Continued.....

    which is where the tunnel entrance is open.
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    PS There is a camera but unlikely to be connected to anything. We were there for 1.5 Hrs
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  3. Miss Mayhem

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    Cool stuff, looks interesting :thumb
     
  4. gregorious77

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    Might get secured soon? Fire in security hut reported on another thread.
     
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