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Saturday, February 27, 2010
Woodlands Fort, Plymouth
Being an important naval base, Plymouth was heavily fortified during the 19th Century. As well as defences near the seafront, a number of forts and batteries were constructed on the hills behind Plymouth, the largest being Crownhill Fort. These pictures show a smaller fort, known as Woodlands, which is located just West of Crownhill. It was built in the 1860s in a polygonal shape and is surrounded by a dry ditch. The ditch is flanked by a caponnier and a counterscarp gallery, which are accessed by tunnels from the barrack block. The two-storey casemated barracks survive in good condition. The tereplein is overgrown, but gun positions and two Haxo Casemates can be seen as well as some small expense magazines.
Woodlands is now used as a community centre and library and can be visited.
Plan, courtesy of the Palmerston Forts Society
Looking across the parade ground to the barracks
The inside of the gatehouse
Pulley for the gate
Gun position on the terreplein
Entrance to one of the magazines
Inside one of the magazines
Inside another room on the terreplein
One of the Haxo Casemates
Looking down to the caponnier in the ditch
View of the barracks from the terreplein Gun position on the nearby Bowden Battery