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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2 thoughts on “Forts of the Solent (Spitbank)

  1. Thanks, the Gosport ferry run’s about 4 trips a year during the summer to get a close up of the forts well worth it at under £20 to see these historic buildings or you can rent on for a week at about £40k !!!

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