|Map from Victorianforts.co.uk|
This is a map of Plymouth showing all of the forts built in the 1860 - 1880 period. The defences are primarily to protect the Royal Navy docks areas. There are some earlier forts close to and in the city but with the developments in artillery during the 19th century, as cannon got better and striking ranges lengthened, the UK Government decided to build another line of forts and batteries further away from the city.
At the time of building, these forts were in rural, agricultural land but during the 20th century, Plymouth's suburbs have expanded and now surround the works. Our plan was to visit the North Eastern Defences, or at least as many as we could. Some of the forts have been sold and they are in private hands. A military road was built to connect the woks, this is now a major ring road.
First, a couple of images from the Internet.
|An aerial shot of the fort|
Some of my photos.
|Agaton Fort is now a Heavy Goods Vehicle Testing Centre|
|Gun emplacements around the hard standing|
|Interval ammo store|
|The site is very well maintained|
|Detail of Officers' windows|
|Roof of Quarters, with musket ports at rear of the fort|
|Musket ports, towards the next work|