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                                    Milford Haven
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West Blockhouse Fort
c1854
by 1858
unknown
OS 817035
West Blockhouse Point
Coast Battery with defensible barracks
Dry
6
42
Owned by Landmark Trust
Coast battery and practice battery
1956
Good-habitable 
Rent from Landmark Trust or visit with
their permission.
1858 &1868 Committee Reports,  Precis of
Correspondence prior to 1893 National Archives.
c1860-c1875
6 x 68pr SB
c1875-c1900
6 x 80pr.RML
1893
Mounted 6 x 80pr RML
Proposed 6 x 80pr RML practice only
1900
 
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Practice Battery
1901-c1907
4 x 5-inch BL
2 x 3pdr QF (roof)
None
None
None
None
A work at West Blockhouse Point seems to have originated in the eighteen fifties as there is no mention of a work there before that
decade; what is certain is that it had been built by 1858 as in that year it was criticised for the barracks being too close to the battery as
shells exploding against the barracks could render the battery untenable. In 1871 it was proposed to abandon the batteries at  Dale
Point, Thorne Island and West Blockhouse but Thorne Island and West Blockhouse 
should be retained as even with their existing
armament these two works were of value in guarding an advanced line of submarine mines. It was further recommended that when
funds could be made available they could be armed with 3 x 18tons guns in casemates.  
In 1872 it was decided that the proposed guns
at West Blockhouse and Thorne Island should be 80pr RML.  In 1886 it was decided that: 
no heavy defence is required in advance of
Stack roack and West Blockhouse and Thorne Island should be disarmed.
In 1893 the battery was reduced to practice status until  disarmed in 1900. The battery was remodelled in 1901 to take four 5-inch BL
guns on Vavasseur mountings and retained its practice status, at the same time two 3pdr QF guns were mounted on the roof of the
barracks also for practice; the positions for these guns are still extant today. By 1907 the guns had gone. After the construction of West
Blockhouse Battery, the Fort was used as a store and perhaps as extra accommodation. In the Second World War the Fort was the
searchlight headquarters for the Haven’s defences and two searchlight positions were built close to the Fort, the one to the west of the
Fort still retains its armoured shutters. 
The Fort was purchased by the Landmark Trust who restored it and converted it into accommodation suitable for holiday letting so it
is possible to stay at the Fort and appreciate the view of the Haven entrance and the Bristol Channel.
The Fort is built of limestone and is situated on West Blockhouse Point. At the front of the Fort is the gun battery originally for  six
guns firing en barbette over a low parapet. The positions extant today, in spite of some of the racers being thrown over the parapet
onto the rocks, are for the four 5-inch guns. Behind the battery is the barracks consisting of two floors and the roof where there is a
loopholed parapet and the remains of the positions where the two 3pdr QF guns were mounted. The entrance to the barracks is over a
drawbridge that spans the moat and levels out to form the terreplein for the gun battery.
History and Description
Armament
Caponiers
Counterscarp       
         galleries
Haxo casemates
Moncrieff Pits
Commenced
Completed
Cost                  £
Map Reference
Position
Type
Ditch
Guns
Barrack Accom.
Present use
History
Disposal
Condition
Access
Sources
www.victorianforts.co.uk
Victorian Forts

                                
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