Fort Gilkicker - May 2021

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Newage

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Hi all

We found ourselves in Gosport and went to have a look at Fort Gilkicker to see what the score with the site was - Bish bosh in you go.

This place has in the past been done to death but not by us so you will just have to suck it up....

History - (Taken from the Fort Gilkicker web site)

Fort Gilkicker was constructed to defend the deep water anchorage at Stokes Bay.
During its service history the Fort was modified several times. Its casemates were strengthened to protect it against the constantly developing artillery of the
day. It was upgraded with the latest coast defence guns in the late nineteenth century and finally it was re-armed during WWI to protect Portsmouth from air
attack. After a brief new lease of life during WWII it began to fall into disuse and was released by the military in 1956. From then on it served as workshops
and was acquired by Hampshire County Council in 1986.

The Fort was armed with the latest coast defence Rifled Muzzle Loading guns.

  • 2 x 12-inch R.M.L. 25-tons Upper Battery
  • 3 x 11-inch R.M.L. 25-tons Upper Battery
  • 17 x 10-inch R.M.L. 18-tons Casemated Battery
  • 5 x 9-inch R.M.L. 12-tons Casemated battery

The explore was over 2 days.







On climbing up the stone stairs to the main gun floor you come across some enormous casemates...



Looking at what we think is the "powder charge" lifts, they go down to the magazines and are protected by steel and stone doors.




The fort is split between two "sides" to the front are the gun room and gun emplacements on the top of the fort and then to the back is the barracks, these
are dodgy as bit of the upper floors are missing and some of the stairs are not in the best of conditions..





Right this report is getting a wee bit long, the last shot is from the top of the seaward side and the gun emplacements on the "roof" - the metal work is
proper rusted and is a f***** death trap.



Right sports fans that as they say will do, thanks for looking and as usual any and all comments are most welcome, if you want to see a shed load more
pictures and there are a metric shed load on my FlickR site head on over to:-

Fort Gilkicker

Cheers Newage
 

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Nice shots there - almost identical to Landguard Fort in Felixstowe here in Suffolk that has been restored and open as a museum
 

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