Priddy's Hard magazine was constructed in the 1770s to store gunpowder for the navy at Portsmouth. IThe site was extended as a Victorian ammunition magazine supplying cartridges and shells to the fleet at Portsmouth, as well as to the forts and batteries surrounding the harbour. It was expanded in the twentieth century and continued supplying the navy until it closed in the late 1980s.
The original gunpowder store was constructed behind earth ramparts that were part of the De-Gomme fortifications of Gosport. Parts of the ramparts and magazines survive, close to Gosport's Explosion museum.
The laboratory buildings and many of the anciliary buildings have been completely removed for safety reasons leaving only the bases.
Many of the surviving buildings are derelict. The photographs below were taken in April 2012
Aerial view of Priddy's Hard on Flash Earth.
Website of Explosion Museum at Priddy's Hard Gosport