Posted on 21st August 2020 / 65
Listing Type : Coast Defence
Location : Europe

In 1860 the Royal Commission recommends the construction of a ten-gun battery, although as far back as 1817 a battery in this area had been considered. In 1861               Land was purchased and in 1862 the Defence Committee approve plan for a six-gun battery at Chapel Bay.  Little seems to have been done until about January 1890 when worked commenced on a three-gun battery. 31st October on 1891 the battery was completed, armed with 10-inch RML guns.

In 1894 a 6-pdr QF Battery was completed to held protect the Submarine Mining Establishment and boom defences. By 1927 the fort is reported to have been armed with three 12-pdr QF guns.

1900 three 6-inch Breech Load guns mounted.

The Fort is now open to the public and has an excellent Museum on site.  See their web site at Facebook Page is at

Some excellent images can also be seen on the Coflein Entry at

References held at the National Archives

WO 78/920

MPH 734

WO 78/2620

WO 78/4919

Thanks to Alistair GK for the images.

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