Fort Purbrook, Portsdown Hill Road - Portsmouth, City of (UA)

Fort c1860 by Captain William Crossman of the Royal Engineers. It is one of a series of forts along the chalk ridge of Portsdown Hill that were built for the defence of Portsmouth against landward attacks in the 1860s, and known as Palmerston's Follies as they were never used defensively. The fort is owned by Portsmouth City Council, and leased to a charitable trust as an outdoor activities centre. Problems related to the drainage of the ramparts and the maintenance of the moat's retaining walls put it at risk. Historic England is grant aiding a plan for repairs and fundraising.

Fort Purbrook, Portsdown Hill Road - Portsmouth, City of (UA)
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Site Details

  • Designated Site Name: FORT PURBROOK, THAT PART IN PORTSMOUTH CHURCH PARISH
  • Heritage Category: Listed Building grade II*
  • List Entry Number: 1387127
  • Local Planning Authority: Portsmouth, City of (UA)
  • Site Type: Defence > Coastal defence site

Location

  • Building Name: Fort Purbrook
  • Unitary Authority: Portsmouth, City of (UA)
  • Parliamentary Constituency: Portsmouth North
  • Region: South East

Assessment Information

  • Assessment Type: Building or structure
  • Condition: Poor
  • Occupancy / Use: Occupied/in use
  • Priority: C - Slow decay; no solution agreed
  • Previous Priority: C
  • Ownership: Local authority
  • Designation: Listed Building grade II*, SM

Contact Details

Clare Charlesworth 01483 252041

Next steps

Read more about this historic site on the National Heritage List for England