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