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 https://chapelbayfort.com/.Their Facebook Page is at https://www.facebook.com/ChapelBayFort/

Some excellent images can also be seen on the Coflein Entry at https://coflein.gov.uk/en/site/92682/details/chapel-bay-fort

References held at the National Archives

WO 78/920

MPH 734

WO 78/2620

WO 78/4919

Thanks to Alistair GK for the images.

johncartwright
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