Horse Sand Fort, Solent, Southsea - Portsmouth, City of (UA)

Horse Sand Fort is a circular 19th century Royal Commission sea fort lying in the Solent 3.6km south east of Southsea Castle. Horse Sand Fort was one of a chain of four sea forts in the Solent recommended by the Royal Commission on the Defence of the United Kingdom in 1860 and designed to protect Portsmouth dockyard from seaborne attack. The Fort also was armed during both World Wars. The Fort provides a visual reminder of the strategic importance of the Solent in the late 19th to earlier 20th century. The Fort currently has no sustainable use aside from occasional visitor tours.

Horse Sand Fort, Solent, Southsea - Portsmouth, City of (UA)
© Historic England

Site Details

    Designated Site Name:
    Horse Sand Fort
    Heritage Category:
    Scheduled Monument
    List Entry Number:
    1018588
    Local Planning Authority:
    Portsmouth, City of (UA)
    Site Type:
    Defence > Coastal defence site

Location

    Building Name:
    Horse Sand Fort
    Locality:
    Solent
    Unitary Authority:
    Portsmouth, City of (UA)
    Parish:
    Southsea
    Parliamentary Constituency:
    Portsmouth South
    Region:
    London and South East

Assessment Information

    Assessment Type:
    Building or structure
    Condition:
    Poor
    Occupancy / Use:
    Vacant/not in use
    Priority:
    C - Slow decay; no solution agreed
    Previous Priority:
    C
    Ownership:
    Commercial company