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Victorian Forts                                                   Milford Haven                4a

                           South Hook Fort Practice Battery

           Commenced          1887                                   Armament
           Completed          1887                                    4 x 64pr RML Practice
           Cost                  £
           Map Reference      SM 86812 05725
           Position           West of South Hook

           Type               Practice Battery
           Ditch              None
           Guns               4
           Barrack Accom.     None
           Present use        Open access

           History            Practice Battery for volunteers?

           Condition          Good
           Access             Open

           Sources            1858 &1868 Committee Reports,  Precis of
                              Correspondence prior to 1893 National Archives.

        History and description

         In 1887 it was decided that guns mounted for practice  on  Thorne Island should not be carried out. The Defence Committee
         instead  decided the suggestions of the Officer Commanding Royal Artillery to establish a practice battery near South Hook
         is worthy of consideration on the score of both expediency and expense.

         The battery was built to the west of South Hook. Although it does not appear on armament lists it is safe to assume that it was
         for four 64pr RML guns on C pivot platforms.
         It consist of a line of four concrete emplacements with no parapets or embrasures.
         A shelter/store and a small expense recess was constructed to the rear of the gun  emplacements. The presence of discarded
         friction tubes amongst the grass shows that it was in use during the Victorian period.

         Four position finder cells (now demolished)  for the battery,  were sited behind.

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