SX4551 : Fort Picklecombe

taken 13 days ago, near to Cremyll, Cornwall, Great Britain

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Fort Picklecombe
Fort Picklecombe
Fort Picklecombe was one of a pair of forts that were built to protect Plymouth Sound and was constructed between 1864 and 1871. Although it never fired a gun in anger it was not decommissioned until after the Second World War. Today it comprises 103 residential apartments.
Fort Picklecombe

Fort Picklecombe stands on the extreme south eastern coast of Cornwall, a couple of miles west of the city of Plymouth. The fort has been a residential complex since the early 1970s but has a history dating back 150 years.
Fort Picklecombe was commissioned in the mid 19th century by Lord Palmerston, Foreign Secretary and then Prime Minister under Queen Victoria. Being an island, Great Britain was at risk from large scale enemy invasion by sea, particularly from France.
Palmerston ordered a series of coastal forts and batteries to be built in this area to defend the large naval base at Devonport near Plymouth. The coastal entrance to Plymouth is known as Plymouth Sound, and was to be defended by Fort Picklecombe to the west, Fort Bovisand to the east, and a smaller fort on the Plymouth Sound breakwater. Fort Picklecombe itself would be defended from attack from the rear by a series of smaller forts and batteries positioned on or near the Rame peninsula.
Fort Picklecombe was built near an earlier earthen battery dating back to the start of the 19th century. Constructed between 1864 and 1871, the fort was armed with forty two 9-inch and 10-inch muzzle loading guns, which were mounted in a semi-circular arc of two-storey casemates faced with granite blocks and iron shields. In the 1890s, it was rearmed with two 6-inch breech-loaders and two light quick firing guns. It is interesting to note however that not a single shot has ever been fired in anger from the fort.

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Date Taken
Monday, 31 May, 2021   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 8 June, 2021
Geographical Context
Coastal  Housing, Dwellings  Defence, Military 
Primary Subject of Photo
Apartment Block 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SX 4555 5152 [10m precision]
WGS84: 50:20.5977N 4:10.3190W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SX 4575 5131
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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