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Thread: Fort Scoveton, Pembrokeshire

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    October 2007

    Arrow Fort Scoveton, Pembrokeshire


    This place is a fully camouflaged massive fort, even from a hundred yards away you would not see it on the landscape. Fully overgrown with foilage its a hidden piece of history with lots of charm.

    Commenced August 1861 Completed April 1864
    Cost £45,462

    Northern Line Defences

    Type – Land Front Polygonal

    Ditch - Dry

    Guns 32

    Barrack Accommodation 128


    Intended 32 guns but no armament shown on 1886 and 1889 returns. Some reports state ‘never armed’.

    Technical History

    This fort was originally intended to be the central work of the Northern line defences of Milford Haven consisting of six works covering the northern land approach.

    A hexagonal work with sides 130 yards in length, it is surrounded by a dry ditch 36 feet wide at the bottom with an escarp of masonry 22 feet high. The counterscarp is cut from natural rock. It is flanked with one double and four single caponiers on two stories with access over a rolling bridge and tunnel through the gorge. The work is enclosed by a rampart with chemin des rondes, covered way and glacis. It was planned to mount 32 guns on the ramparts and had accommodation for 128 men in bomb proof barrack rooms, together with a main magazine and stores. The rear faces are protected from reverse fire by a parados and a traverse thrown across the interior parade.

    For most of it’s life it served as barrack accommodation or stood empty under a caretaker.. During WW1 the fort became the main camp for troops manning extensive trenches and field works between Weare Point and Port Lion. A large number of hutments were constructed within and outside the fort to serve a training and transit camp. It was abandoned after WW1 and was sold to the local farmer in October 1932 for £1,400. During WW11 it saw active service once more as an AA gun battery and was used by the locals as an unofficial air raid shelter. It was used to store large quantities of ammunition during the build up to the Normandy Landings.

    It is now derelict and overgrown as the pictures show.

    Suicide at the fort.

    Coroner slams national press
    From the archive, first published Thursday 29th Sep 2005.

    THERE is absolutely no evidence to link the suicide of a popular doctor with the death of a woman he had treated, an inquest has heard.

    Several national newspapers carried reports suggesting 44-year-old Dr Paul Goodson, from Crundale, chose to take his own life because of the death of Mrs Alison Webster.

    The 23-year-old mum died in hospital the day after Dr Goodson had seen her at her home in Sageston, as the doctor on duty in the `Care on Call' system.

    But the inquest into Dr Goodson's death heard that there was no evidence that he even knew Mrs Webster had died, let alone felt guilty. The suicide note made no mention of Mrs Webster, or any problems with patients.

    The Pembrokeshire coroner Mr Michael Howells said that because of the publicity, the inquest would go into more detail than was customary, and after recording a verdict of death by self-administered drug overdose, the coroner criticised the press for their speculation.

    "The cause of [Dr Goodson] taking his own life was, according to the note, unrelated to the death of Mrs Webster.

    "If anything could be done to expunge the idea he was suffering from a guilt complex about Mrs Webster's death, perhaps this inquest would resolve that issue."

    Mr Howells went on: "The circumstances of the publicity arising from this death have caused me considerable concern.

    "I don't want to be pompous and talk about contempt of court, but the reports make it clear that inquests had been opened, yet no attempt was made to make contact with my office to ascertain the circumstances.

    "What's happened is that they have put two and two together and made five.

    "It would not surprise me in the least if someone decided to make a complaint to the Press Complaints Commission."

    The inquest heard that Mr Goodson's body was found by farmer Peter Lloyd at Scoveston Fort on August 10.

    He had hanged himself, but had also injected himself with a lethal dose of morphine. Almost nothing said in the inquest gave any indication as to why Dr Goodson - described by Mr Howells as "a fine and respected member of his practice" - had taken his own life.

    His widow, Bethan, and Dr John Davies, Dr Goodson's partner in the Law Street practice, both testified to the effect that in all their contact with him in the time leading up to his death, Dr Goodson had seemed fine.

    On the night before his death, he had even researched flights on the internet in preparation for a forthcoming family holiday.

    The pathologist who carried out the post mortem reported that Dr Goodson was known to suffer from depression, although Mr Howells commented: "I don't know how he knows that."

    The inquest into Mrs Webster's death, which had also been scheduled for last Thursday, has been adjourned for further investigations.

    The coroner hastened to add that those investiations had nothing to do with Dr Goodson.

    The magazine room is massive.

    Flanking Gallery

    The Barracks

    Mini Magazine

    Entrance Tunnel

    Two of the three underground Levels

    More technical info and images at

  2. Thanks given by: Hendreforgan
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    February 2008


    nice place shots are up to your normal amazing standard i see

  5. #3
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    February 2008
    west yorkshire


    interesting write up good piccys :)

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    February 2008
    Somewhere in the middle


    Fantastic, thanks
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  7. #5
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    February 2008
    Kettering Northants


    Wow, nice find. I see what you mean about camouflage, on GE just looks like a bunch of trees. Well done :)
    Getting pretty derelict myself - anyone wanna take my pic?

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    January 2007
    East Devon's Jurassic Park!


    Good stuff, as always. :)
    Interesting history. Very strange and sad about the suicide.
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    July 2008

    Default Scoveston fort 16/07/2008

    Hi, i went to Scoveston fort last night to do abit of exploring and found its well overgrown,i doubt anyone has been in there in some months. You can still get through the entrance(which looks locked but if you push the door will find its not),and can only get as far as the first few buildings and then its just stinging nettles and bushes. I tried for about an hour to get through the scrub but was unsuccessful (i had no tools to cut the nettles). I will be going back soon to try again. I did however find another tunnel which i would image not many people who go there would see,and i will be exploring this when i go back.
    Last edited by Exploretime; 16th Jul 08 at 15:23.

  10. #8
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    November 2006
    Severalls Hospital

    Thumbs up

    Yet another report I seem to have missed! :o

    What a great find SS :)

    As usual, crackin' selection of snaps. Just got to love these Forts.

    Lb :jimlad:

    Think we're gonna need a bigger boat

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    April 2008
    OX15,Banbury (don't laugh)


    Cracking report.

    Have promised myself to have a look next time I go home to see the folks.

    Born and raised 3 miles from the place and only went there twice

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    June 2008


    Took a second trip there earlier today as the weather was looking nice, literally just stepped through the gate and got caught by the farmer who owns it. Told to move on... end of story.

    I should note that the Farmer is more than happy to let photographers in, so long as they ask him for permission first. He lives in whatever farm is close to it... if that helps.

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