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List Entry Summary

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.


List entry Number: 1291516



The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.


District: Isle of Wight

District Type: Unitary Authority

Parish: Freshwater

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: I

Date first listed: 28-Mar-1994

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 393103

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SZ38NW MILITARY ROAD 1354-0/4/214 Golden Hill Fort


Former fort now museum and shops. 1863-1872. A fortified barracks with guns on the roof which covered the rear of 4 coast batteries and accommodated their garrisons in peacetime. Hexagonal building approched by a brick lined tunnel and bridge over a ditch. 2 storeys red brick in English bond with stone coping and some brick dressings. Internally on 3 sides there are 1st floor cambered arches with 2 sashes and doorcases with fanlights and sashes to ground floor. 2 storey cast iron balconies. Other 3 sides have sashes with some having round-headed arches. The building accommodated 8 officers and 128 men, and had its own hospital. It mounted 6 guns on the roof and 40 pounder breach loaders at each angle on an iron traversing platform. Roof had ammunition recesses. (Anthony Cantwell and Peter Sprack: The Needles Defences).

Listing NGR: SZ3385787862

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Cantwell, A, Sprack, P, The Needles Batteries Isle of Wight, (1981)
'The International Journal of Fortification and Military Architecture' in The International Journal of Fortification and Military Architecture, , Vol. 13, (1985), 69

National Grid Reference: SZ 33857 87862


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