Castles and Fortifications of England and Wales

FORT CUMBERLAND


FORT CUMBERLAND
Photo Charles Taylor

This is probably the finest example of a five sided 18th century bastioned fort. It dates from 1747 but was extensively rebuilt between 1785 and 1820 and covers an area of twenty four acres. The fort is designed to be as low as possible but still allow the gun batteries to fire. In 1890 it was armed with four 6-inch BL guns and six 64-pounder RML guns and then in 1897 two 9 inch, 12 tonne RML High Angle guns were added. It was disarmed in 1907 but was used by the Royal Marines until 1973.

English Heritage, but not open to the public apart from twice a year.


Photo Charles Taylor Photo Charles Taylor

 

Directions
On the eastern promenade along the south east tip of Portsea Island, overlooking Hayling Island
Fort Cumberland Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire PO4 9LD

 



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