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Report - Fort Victoria - Isle of Wight - Feb 2012

Discussion in 'Military Sites' started by MarkR, Mar 10, 2012.

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    info and plan of the site here: http://www.victorianforts.co.uk/pdf/datasheets/victoria.pdf

    Fort Victoria was built in the 1850s, around the same time as nearby Fort Albert. It was designed to defend Sconce Point at the Western entrance to the Solent, opposite Hurst Castle. The fort comprises a triangular set of casemated gunrooms facing out to the sea, with barracks to the rear. It was originally armed with ten 68 Pounders, six 32 Pounders and eleven 10-inch guns. It was disarmed by the end of the 19th Century, became a submarine mining depot, and continued to be used through WW2, although its use was mainly as a barracks. In the late 1960s, the rear barrack section was demolished, but fortunately the casemates were spared.

    The site is now a country park and remains of Fort Victoria now house a Marine Aquarium, a Underwater Archaeology Centre , a Planetarium and a Model Railway.

    Site in the 1960s and during demolition:

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