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                                    1870    
Mounted 11 x 9-inch RML
1885
Mounted 3 x 7inch RML Moncrieff
1886
Casemate Battery 
9 x 9-inch RML
Moncrieff battery
Nil
Open Battery
1 x 10-inch RML
5 x 9-inch RML
1893
 
Approved  3 x 10inch RML 5 x 9inch RML
Mounted 14 x 9inch RML
1898
 
Mounted 1 x 10-inch RML 8 x 9-inch RML
         
Proposed 3 x 6-inch BL VII
1908
1 x 12pr QF
Armament
History and description
1860
1863
55,000
SM 890 054
Coast Defence Battery
Dry
28 - 32
Private owner
British Army Camp and US Seabees
base
Sold 1932
Poor. Scheduled
Public access proposed
1858 &1868 Committee Reports,  Precis of
Correspondence prior to 1893 National Archives.
FSG conference papers 1997
Commenced
Completed
Cost                  £
Map Reference
Position
Type
Ditch
Guns
Barrack Accom.
Present use
History
Disposal
Condition
Access
Sources
1
2
none
8
3
Fort Hubberstone was approved by the Royal Commission of 1860 as part of the defences of Milford Haven. It was completed in that year
as a nine gun installation. Work then began on the casemated battery, this being completed in 1863. as an eleven gun battery with a further
eight guns on the terreplein and nine more in an open east flank battery. At the top of the site is a defensible barrack, approximately
semi-circular with a high gorge wall. From the right hand corner of the barrack a sunken way runs around the terreplein down to the
casemates. The ditch in front of the barrack is protected by caponiers and a counterscarp gallery, the entrance to the work being over a
drawbridge. 
In August 1868 plans were approved for the alteration of the work to replace eight of the guns on the terreplein with eight guns in
Moncrieff pits. Despite the ridiculous application of this type of gun in such a position the work was completed by 1872. The main gun
casemates were armed with eleven 12-ton RML guns by  1872. By 1881 the open battery was re-armed with 10-inch RML guns and the
fort was complete. In 1884 the infantry garrison was removed. In 1885 the three remaining Moncrieff guns on the roof were removed as
armament of salient for works at Portsmouth. In 1886 it was decided 
The casemated battery should be treated in the same manner as
recommended for Popton Point, the casemates to remain armed being Nos II, IV, VI, VIII and X. In the open battery 2 x 10inch RML
should be added and all the 9inch RML removed; the 10inch guns should be mounted for high-angle fire to assist South Hook in the
protection of Freshwater bay. The magazines and cartridge stores behind the casemates are unsafe.
 In 1908 its sole armament was one
12pr. QF gun in a practice battery. It was never upgraded with modern weapons and shortly after World War One it was abandoned. 
It was sold in 1932. In 1939-45 it was used as a communal air-raid shelter, British Army camp and US Seabees base. From then on it
deteriorated to the sorry state in which it can be found today although the new owners in 1977 sought planning permission to restore it and
find a new use. The next owners are actively seeking a use for it which was to  include conversion to flats and retail units. In early 2019 it
was reported that the fort was to be restored for use as ‘Camp Valour’,  C.I.C Veteran Transition Centre. In September 2020 the fort was
purchased from the Port of Milford Haven by Pembroke Dock town councillor Guy Anderson who plans to open it to the public as a ‘Living
Ruin’.
Fort Hubberstone  (Battery)
Milford Haven
Caponiers
Counterscarp       
         galleries
Haxo casemates
Moncrieff Pits
Victorian Forts
www.victorianforts.co.uk

                                
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