Fort Widley - Portsmouth, City of (UA)

A Royal Commission Fort c1860, intended to protect Portsmouth from attack from the rear. It is laid out in a massive polygonal trace plan, designed by Captain William Crossman of the Royal Engineers, surrounded on three sides by a dry moat with scarp and counterscarp in red brick with flint facings. There is a red brick barrack block to the elevation facing the road. Like the adjacent Fort Purbrook, Widley is owned by Portsmouth City Council and leased to a charitable trust. Maintenance issues are now becoming repair problems. Historic England is working with all parties to address these.

Fort Widley - Portsmouth, City of (UA)
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Site Details

    Designated Site Name:
    Fort Widley
    Heritage Category:
    Scheduled Monument
    List Entry Number:
    1001862
    Local Planning Authority:
    Portsmouth, City of (UA)
    Site Type:
    Defence > Fort

Location

    Building Name:
    Fort Widley
    Locality:
    Portsdown Hill
    Unitary Authority:
    Portsmouth, City of (UA)
    Parliamentary Constituency:
    Portsmouth North
    Region:
    London and South East

Assessment Information

    Assessment Type:
    Building or structure
    Condition:
    Poor
    Occupancy / Use:
    Part occupied/part in use
    Priority:
    C - Slow decay; no solution agreed
    Previous Priority:
    C
    Ownership:
    Local authority
    Designation:
    Scheduled Monument, 2 LBs