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Fort Fareham

Hob Uid: 234459
Location :
Hampshire
Fareham
Fareham
Grid Ref : SU5720004800
Summary : Fort Fareham was built between 1861 and 1864 for the defence of Portsmouth dockyard. It was to form the link between the Gosport Line, the Outer Line on Portsdown Hill and the advanced works in front of the Gosport Line. The other two forts of this advanced line were never built, but Fareham still had a tactical place without them, and so work began in October 1861. It was completed in December 1864. Until 2002, the fort was considered to have never been armed but records held by the Palmerston Forts Society note that, in fact, the fort was armed in the years 1868 and 1898. Fort Fareham was used for some years as barracks for siege artillery units based in the area before passing into naval hands. In 2002 the fort contained a business park and most of the casemates had been let out as industrial units. The site was also noted as being in a general state of neglect and Fareham Council had put it up for sale.
More information : (SU572048) Fort Fareham [NAT] (1)

Fort Fareham (SU 572049) Fareham was to form the link between the Gosport Line, the Outer Line on Portsdown Hill and the advanced works in front of the Gosport Line. The other two forts of this advanced line were never built, but Fareham still had a tactical place without them, and so work began in October 1861. It was completed in December 1864 and was never armed. It was used for some years as barracks for siege artillery units based in the area before passing into naval hands. (2)

Derelict. The interior is occupied by an industrial estate. (3)

The Palmerston Forts Society has recorded the arms that were installed at the fort in 1868 and 1898. In 1886 it was armed with 1 x 7 inch RBL, 2 x 6.3 inch RML howitzers and 3 rifled howitzers. In 1898 it held 10 movable 4 x 4 inch BL guns, 6 x 40 pdr RBL guns and 15 x 7 inch RBL guns.

In 2002 the fort contained a business park and most of the casemates had been let out as industrial units. The site was noted as being in a general state of neglect and Fareham Council had put the fort up for sale. (4)

PastScape user sent comments via the website to highlight the fact that the fort had been armed in the past. Evidence for this is in source 4. (5)

Sources :
Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 1:10000 1975
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Source Number : 2
Source : Coast defences of England and Wales, 1856-1956
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Page(s) : 144
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Vol(s) : 1974
Source Number : 3
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 JGB 01-FEB-83
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Source Number : 4
Source : World Wide Web page
Source details : Palmerston Forts Society: Fort Fareham, , [accessed 06-JUL-2009]
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Source Number : 5
Source : Oral information, correspondence (not archived) or staff comments
Source details : PastScape user, enquiry via website, 04-JUL-2009
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Victorian
Display Date : Built 1861-4
Monument End Date : 1864
Monument Start Date : 1861
Monument Type : Artillery Fort
Evidence : Structure
Monument Period Name : 21st Century
Display Date : 2002
Monument End Date : 2002
Monument Start Date : 2002
Monument Type : Business Park, Industrial Estate
Evidence : Structure
Monument Period Name : Uncertain
Display Date : After 1898
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Monument Type : Barracks
Evidence : Structure

Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (County No.)
External Cross Reference Number : HA 318
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : DoB Non Anti Invasion Database UID
External Cross Reference Number : 4926
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Listed Building List Entry Legacy Uid
External Cross Reference Number : 141713
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SU 50 SE 26
External Cross Reference Notes :

Related Warden Records :
Associated Monuments : 238454
Relationship type : Is referred to by
Associated Monuments : 238616
Relationship type : Is referred to by
Associated Monuments : 238782
Relationship type : General association
Associated Monuments : 238457
Relationship type : Is referred to by
Associated Monuments : 234246
Relationship type : Is referred to by
Associated Monuments : 238698
Relationship type : General association
Associated Monuments : 238451
Relationship type : Is referred to by
Associated Monuments : 238613
Relationship type : Is referred to by
Associated Monuments : 461601
Relationship type : General association

Related Activities :
Associated Activities : FIELD OBSERVATION ON SU 50 SE 26
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1983-02-01
End Date : 1983-02-01
Associated Activities : THE DEFENCE OF BRITAIN PROJECT
Activity type : MEASURED SURVEY
Start Date : 1995-04-01
End Date : 2002-03-01
Associated Activities : GRAZING LAND, FORT FAREHAM
Activity type : DESK BASED ASSESSMENT
Start Date : 2003-01-01
End Date : 2003-12-31
Associated Activities : FORMER BRITISH GAS DEPOT, FORT FAREHAM INDUSTRIAL ESTATE
Activity type : WATCHING BRIEF
Start Date : 2003-01-01
End Date : 2003-12-31
Associated Activities : FORT FAREHAM
Activity type : WATCHING BRIEF
Start Date : 2008-01-01
End Date : 2008-12-31