SZ3189 : Hurst Castle - Henrician keep interior - open roof

taken 3 months ago, near to Keyhaven, Hampshire, Great Britain

Hurst Castle - Henrician keep interior - open roof
Hurst Castle - Henrician keep interior - open roof
The little dome in the centre of the image is atop the spiral staircase which leads to this open roof of the Henrician keep. The land seen in the distance is the Isle of Wight.
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Hurst Castle & Lighthouse

Hurst Castle is a very large fortification at the tip of Hurst Spit, a mile-long shingle bank near the village of Keyhaven on the south coast of Hampshire.
The castle has been situated here to guard the western entrance to the Solent since the C16th.
The original castle, a twelve sided keep was constructed between 1541 and 1544 during the reign of Henry VIII when invasion of the south coast was considered very likely after Henry's break with Rome in 1533. Much of this fine edifice remains and the views from the open top level are excellent, with clear views of the coast of nearby Isle of Wight all the way to the Needles.
In the mid C19th invasion from France was once again thought highly likely and a large number of expensive and powerful military buildings were constructed, particularly along the south coast, in the 1860s. These were a result of the 1860 Royal Commission on the Defence of the United Kingdom. The Prime Minister at the time was Lord Palmerston and collectively these huge forts were often known as Palmerston's Follies as they never saw action and had cost the country a fortune, but they had perhaps acted as a deterrent, though by the time they were completed, progress in armaments and ship-building had made them almost obsolete. Here at Hurst the fortifications were massively increased with the addition of both eastern and western ranges. The date above the gateways is 1873 but construction had been ongoing for at least ten years by then and further changes and additions were made in the ensuing decades.
Some yards from the castle stands a lighthouse built 1865-67 (EH says 1852) with an associated Acetylene generation block. The lighthouse stands 26m (85') with a focal height of 23m (75'), it was automated in 1923.
In addition to this 'high light' the western range of the castle itself incorporates two 'low lights', a stone one dating from 1865 and next to it an iron one of 1911 which looks like it should be on top of a battleship.
Access to the castle is either on foot via the mile-long Hurst Spit (a total walk of about 2 miles), or by a little ferry which operates a regular shuttle service from Keyhaven.
For more information, see:
EH Visitors' website: LinkExternal link
EH Ancient Monument listing: LinkExternal link
Wikipedia article: LinkExternal link
Hurst Lighthouse Grade II listing: LinkExternal link

Hurst Castle

Hurst Castle is a Henrician Castle, one of Henry VIII's Device Forts, built at the end of a Hurst Spit, at the west end of the Solent to guard the approaches to Southampton.

The castle is only accessible by foot, along the spit, or by boat.

Hurst Spit :: SZ3090

Hurst Spit is a barrier beach which shelters an area of saltmarsh and mud flats known as Keyhaven and Pennington marshes. At the end of the spit is Hurst Castle, one of Henry VIII's Device Forts.

Henrician Castles

The Device Forts, also known as Henrician Castles, are a series of artillery fortifications built to defend the southern coast of England by Henry VIII. After his divorce of Catherine of Aragon England was left politically isolated, and a treaty between France and Spain in 1538 aroused fears of invasion.

The buildings all followed a similar form, with squat towers.

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Date Taken
Thursday, 19 August, 2021   (more nearby)
Sunday, 22 August, 2021
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Historic sites and artefacts  Defence, Military 
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Henry VIII 
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Hurst Spit 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SZ 3178 8974 [10m precision]
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SOUTH (about 180 degrees)
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