Monday, March 08, 2010

Hurst Castle, Hampshire

Hurst Castle is located on a 1.5 mile shingle spit jutting out from Keyhaven into the Solent, less than a mile from the shoreline of the Isle of Wight. The fortification originally began as a Tudor round tower, but two large casemated wing batteries were added after the Royal Commission of defences in 1859. Positions for over 60 RML and QF guns were created in the old tower and granite faced wing batteries. Anti-aircraft guns were also mounted on the roof of the battery during WW2.



Hurst Castle is now open to the public and can be reached by walking the shingle spit from New Milton or by ferry from Keyhaven. It is an impressive fortification, and well worth the visit!

Plan, courtesy of the Palmerston Forts Society

The granite faced casemates

Looking from the West Battery across to the East

Casemates of the West Battery

Inside one of the casemates

Inside another casemate

The 21 Pounder

One of the original RML guns in its position

Magazine
Looking from the West Battery to the Tower

The Caponnier

The lower level of the Tower

Fort Albert on the Isle of Wight, from Hurst

The South Bastion

The East Wing Battery

Inside one of the East Wing Casemates

2 Comments:

Blogger Underground History said...

Great photos mate! Looks like a great site to visit :)

10:45 pm  
Anonymous JHB said...

Brilliant site. Was there a couple of weeks ago. Well worth a visit. Take the boat as nice trip out.

8:50 pm  

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