No Man's Land Fort :: Shared Description

No Man's Land Fort is a circular sea fort built at the behest of Prime Minister Lord Palmerston as one of a series of forts, batteries and other defences intended to protect the south coast of England from attack by Napoleon III (Louis Napoleon)'s France.
It is one of four forts positioned in the Solent and is equal largest with Horse Sands Fort. It was first commenced in July 1861 but work was suspended in Spring the following year due to political wrangling over their effectiveness and suitability. Work recommenced in March 1865 and was completed in March 1880. The cost at the time was £462,500 (equivalent to about £50m in today's money* [2016]).
No Man's Land held 49 guns and barracks for 5 officers and at least 72 men.
It is built of granite, concrete and iron, has a diameter at sea level of about 220' narrowing to 205' at its top. Its main roof rises about 60' above sea level, with the lighthouse adding perhaps another 30' to its highest point.
It is now a luxury (and very unusual) hotel with 22 bedrooms, run by Solent Forts LinkExternal link
For more detailed technical specification and history see LinkExternal link
And its Ancient Monument listing with English Heritage LinkExternal link
It is also Grade II listed LinkExternal link
One interesting fact about this fort is that in 1971 it was used as one of the locations for the Dr Who story "The Sea Devils" - see LinkExternal link and LinkExternal link for more information.
*Note: It is very difficult to compare monetary values over such time periods - it would certainly cost more than £50m to build such a fort today due to vastly increased costs, particularly the much higher wages (in real terms) that are paid to workmen now compared to the C19th. I would think such a fort would cost at least £500m these days.
by Rob Farrow

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SZ6393 : No Man's Land Fort - "The Street" by Rob Farrow
SZ6393 : No Man's Land Fort - Gun by Rob Farrow
SZ6393 : No Man's Land Fort - western quadrant by Rob Farrow
SZ6393 : No Man's Land Fort - A lower level room by Rob Farrow
SZ6393 : Roof and lighthouse, No Man's Land fort by Rob Farrow
SZ6393 : No Man's Land Fort - Helipads from the lighthouse by Rob Farrow
SZ6393 : No Man's Land Fort - A lounge by Rob Farrow
SZ6393 : No Man's Land fort - Fire pit area by Rob Farrow
SZ6393 : No Man's Land Fort - Central atrium by Rob Farrow
SZ6393 : No Man's Land Fort - lower level corridor by Rob Farrow
SZ6299 : Portsmouth from No Man's Land Fort by Rob Farrow
SZ6393 : No Man's Land Fort by Rob Farrow
SZ6393 : No Man's Land Fort - The Palmerston Bar by Rob Farrow
SZ6393 : No Man's Land Fort - Roof level by Rob Farrow
SZ6393 : No Man's Land Lighthouse and dark clouds by Rob Farrow
SZ6393 : No Man's Land Fort - Access to the sea! by Rob Farrow
SU4902 : Storm clouds over the Solent by Rob Farrow


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Created: Mon, 9 May 2016, Updated: Tue, 10 May 2016

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