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 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 has grant aided a conservation management plan and urgent repairs due to commence in 2020.

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

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:
    London and 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