Meetings / Events
22/11/2017 - The French Navy 1840 to 1900: the Strategy of the Weak
A talk by PFS member Geoff Hallett on the development of the French Navy through the second half of the nineteeth century.
24/01/2018 - Members' Photos Evening
PFS members are invited to share their fortification photographs with those at the meeting.
28/02/2018 - Queen Victoria's Forgotten Navy - Part III
PFS member James Doherty continues the story of how the Royal Navy developed during the reign of Queen Victoria.
News Update - The 2017 issue of The Redan is now available, having been distributed to members who attended this year's AGM on the 14th October. A general mail out to members who have renewed will commence from the 16th October.
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The Western Heights Preservation Society are pleased to announce
their Spring Open Weekend. On the 20th and 21st May the
Drop Redoubt fort and Grand Shaft staircase will be open to explore from 10:00 –
17:00 both days.
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Freshwater Redoubt For Sale
Details have circulated in the press and the following can be found on the Daily Mail website:
‘Security won't be a worry with this stunning property - a 160-year-old former fort built to defend the Isle of Wight from the threat of the French Navy. The once-functional military building is now a beautiful home perched on a cliff with one of the UK's best coastal views. Freshwater Redoubt still has its old ramparts, tunnels and gun emplacements, as well as a helicopter landing pad and its own beach which is only accessible by boat or at low tide. The house, which can be an eight-bedroom home or divided up into several smaller properties, is now on the market with Biles and Co for £3million. Known as Fort Redoubt, the building was created in 1855-56 to protect Freshwater Bay on the western end of the island, which was a possible landing beach for enemy troops to attack the Needles Battery.’