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  • Trip to North Wales
  • The National Memorial Arboretum War Memorial
  • Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge (German War Graves Commission)   cemetery at Cannock Chase in Staffordshire
  • More Lighthouses
  • Natural History around the South Coast

Spitfire flying over Southampton Water July 2016

The small fort

Our recent boat trip on the Solent to see the sea forts included passing St Helen’s Fort the smallest fort in the chain of sea forts and is closest to the Isle of Wight. At very low tides there is a causeway that you can walk out to get a close up view of this fort. It’s main task was to protect the St Helen’s anchorage. It suffered very badly from subsidence which forced changes to the number of both to the fort and the guns fitted to the fort in ended up with x 2 10-inch muzzle loading guns.


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Forts of the Solent (Spitbank)

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Spitbank Fort today is luxury accommodation. In 1861 building started on this Fort. Its main purpose was to form another line of defence for ships that made it past 2 other larger Forts in the Solent {Horse sands Fort and No Man’s Land Fort}. Building stopped and only restarted in 1867 after government reviews, but not completed until 1878. The Fort was fitted with x9 , 12 inch guns. In 1898 the role of the fort was changed to defend against smaller craft so added to its  roof were x2  4.7inch guns and searchlights. In the early 1900s all but three original large guns were removed.

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Forts of the Solent {Horse Sands}


Horse Sand Fort  is 240 ft across, built between 1865 and 1880, with two floors and a basement the fort is armour-plated all round. During the WW2 an extensive submarine barrier  was built in the form of large concrete blocks running about 6 ft below sea level from the fort to the shore at Southsea with only a single narrow gap to allow small craft to pass through, this barrier and a much shorter one running south from No Man’s Land Fort towards Ryde Sands remains as the cost of demolition is  too high. Although owned by the same owners as the other Solent forts this fort remains un-restored at this time.






Naval Shipping

Boat trip out to the old forts in the Solent  today ended with a pop into the naval dockyard at Portsmouth.

D34 HMS Diamond type 45 air-defence destroyer launched 2007



F239 HMS Richmond type 23 Frigate launched 1993


D23 HMS Bristol type 82 destroyer the only vessel of her class to be built for the Royal Navy Launched 1969 she was converted into a training ship {static} in 1987.


P281 HMS Tyne River Class {off shore patrol boat} launched 2002.


Priory on the Welsh boarder.

The ruins of Llanthony Priory are situated deep in the Vale of Ewyas, close to the Black Mountains. These remains are all that remain of one of the greatest buildings of medieval Wales. By 1108 a small church had been built and a group of Augustinian monks had established a community.m3

The priory flourished but nothing remains of the original buildings today as attacks forced the monks to retreat to Hereford and Gloucester. The original buildings were destroyed.