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Posted on Oct 30, 2005 in Front Page Features, Stuff We Like

Palmerston Forts – Part 1 – Fort Brockhurst

Armchair General

And here are some shots of the North-East corner of Brockhurst.

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Here’s the Eastern Caponier, covering this end of the structure.

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The Caponiers were linked directly to the main magazine through underground tunnels, and indeed were also linked to each other, allowing a swift movement of men through the interior in the event of battle.

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The Eastern flank is of course much like the Western section of the Fort walls. Note that this part of the moat now appears to be home to some Swans.

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Some views of the South-East corner showing the Eastern shoulder of the Fort.

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And so I come full circle, with a closer view of the Eastern shoulder and another picture of the second bridge.

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In my next article, I will focus on one of the Forts atop Portsdown Hill, Fort Widley, and hopefully demonstrate the importance of its strategic location. In a future article I will explore the interior of yet another Fort and demonstrate the military secrets held within one of these massive structures. I hope you will join me then.

Links:

English Heritage – Fort Brockhurst (includes aerial view of the Fort)

Palmerston Forts Society

PFS fact sheet on Fort Brockhurst (.PDF file)

To view the complete set of images from my visit, go to the ACG image gallery here.

Discuss this article in our Forums here.

A J Summersgill

andrew@armchairgeneral.com

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