Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Fort Cumberland, Portsmouth

Fort Cumberland has a unique place in the history of fortifications. It was the last bastioned fort built in the UK. It is the most impressive example of eighteenth century defensive architecture in England, and perhaps the best preserved example in Europe.

The Royal Marine Artillery was based at Fort Cumberland from 1823 until 1973. The site is now a listed Ancient Monument and in the care of English Heritage. Considerable restoration work has been carried out and the fort was opened to the public for the first time in 1997.

The Coastal Defences of Southern Britain


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