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Report - Fort Hubberstone, Pembrokeshire - December 2009

Discussion in 'Military Sites' started by ukmayhem, Dec 18, 2009.

  1. ukmayhem

    ukmayhem 28DL Full Member
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    Visited with Darkzac


    Another old Favourite of mine, a nice easy laid back explore over looking the Milford Haven Estuary.

    History


    Fort Hubberstone was approved by the Royal Commission of 1860 as part of the defences at Milford Haven. It was completed in that year as a nine gun installation. Work then began on the casemated battery, this being completed in 1863, as an eleven gun battery with a further eight guns on the terreplein and nine more in an open east flank battery. At the top of the site is a defensible barrack, approximately semi-circular with a high gorge wall. From the right hand corner of the barrack, a sunken way runs around the terrplein down to the casemates. The ditch in front of the barrack is protected by caponiers and a counterscarp gallery, the entrance to the work being over a drawbridge.

    In August 1868, plans were approved for the alteration of the work to replace eight of the guns on the terreplein with eight guns in Moncrieff pits. Despite the ridiculous application of this type of gun in such a position the work was completed by 1872. The main gun casemates were armed with eleven 12-ton RML guns by 1872. By 1881 the open battery was re-armed with 10 inch RML guns and the fort was complete. In 1884 the infantry garrison was removed. In 1885 the three remaining Moncrieff guns were removed. In 1908 its sole armament was one 12 pr. QF gun in a practice battery. It was never upgraded with modern weapons and shortly after World War One it was abandoned.

    It was sold in 1932. In 1939-45 it was used as a commercial air raid shelter, British Army Camp and US Seabees Base.

    The current owners had plans to restore the structure, but these have fallen through.

    This place is often spelled 'Hubberston Fort' like the area of Milford Haven that it is located in.


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    All My pictures can be found at my Flickr and my Website

    Thanks for looking

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