Palmerston Forts Society

Meetings / Events


1)  At the Alverbank Hotel in Gosport on Tuesday 2nd August and Wednesday 3rd August at 1400, Palmerston Forts Society member James Doherty will be giving a “talk and walk” on the subject of FORT GOMER.

James will start the talk with the history of Fort Gomer and will then move on to introduce a 3D digital model of the fort that he has created.  This model gives you an opportunity to visit and explore a fort that no longer exists.  Fort Gomer was demolished in the 1960s and the site is now a housing estate.

Fort Gomer is a very interesting fort because it was built to a rather unique design that illustrates the transition from the old bastioned forts to the new polygonal design, to which all the subsequent land forts in the area were built.

In this presentation you may be able to don a VR headset and explore for oneself, subject to joining the queue for such a unique experience!

After the talk, there is the option to join James for a walk around the site of the fort. None of the buildings and features of the fort survive but the arrangement of the houses on the estate and even their size and height are influenced by what lies beneath the ground.

2)  At St. Mary’s Church in Fratton on Thursday 4th August and Friday 5th August at 1400, Palmerston Forts Society member Lewis Sharp will be telling the story of the SIEGE OF PORTSMOUTH 1897. This is a talk that was given as a “Fort Talk” at Fort Nelson last week and also earlier in the year as a PFS members’ meeting talk and webinar.  If you missed it then, here is a chance to catch it.

Lewis will describe this counterfactual 'future war' story which was written in 1895. It describes an amphibious attack on Portsmouth by a Franco-Russian alliance. The story was commissioned to support a parliamentary election campaign in Portsmouth. The political context to the story and its aftermath will be explained as well as the story itself, and then an analysis of whether the events described in it were plausible.

These events are all free but you need to book a place.  This link will take you to the booking page for all events.

You can also find details of these events, and a lot more, in the Palmerston Forts Society webpage by following this link:

Meetings / Events

10/09/2022 - PFS 2022 Outing to the Chatham forts Horsted and Luton

The PFS Committee is pleased to announce that the 2022 Annual Outing to the Chatham forts Horsted and Luton that was cancelled due to the current Covid-19 situation, is now back on the calendar for 2022! Please see newsletter 165, Spring 2022, for details
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15/10/2022 - PFS Annual General Meeting 2022

The PFS will hold the 2022 AGM on Saturday 15th October at 14.00hrs. The meeting will take place at Fort Nelson, as has been the venue in the past,  but will also be virtual by Zoom (as last year) to give members who are unable to attend the opportunity to do so. The meeting will be held with Royal Armouries' approval and in accordance with whatever safety requirements they determine. All PFS members are invited to attend.


Fort Gilkicker sold for £1.386M

The online auction on the Clive Emson site has just ended with Fort Gilkicker being sold for £1.386 million against a guide price of £1.5 million.  There were four bidders willing to pay at least £1.35 million. We also have just had a recent report that intruders to the site – which is hardly secure – have done more permanent damage to the barracks block. We can only hope that the new owner – whatever their intentions – gets this site secure and safe very soon.


The PORTSMOUTH AND GOSPORT HISTORY WEEK, held during 1st to 7th August, includes a couple of talks that will be of interest to fortification enthusiasts.....
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Fortifications Events Calendar

New fortifications events calendar available. This covers events at many Victorian Fortifications across the UK. Click on "Information" then "Fortifications Events".
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Merry Christmas!

The PFS Committee would like to take this festive time to wish the members of the Society a 'Very Happy Christmas and a Prosperous 2022'.

Horse Sand Fort sold for £715,000

The BBC website has just announced the following.... 'A derelict sea fort built to deter a French invasion in the 19th Century has been sold for £715,000.
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PFS New Publication - 'The Portsmouth Artillery Volunteers 1797 - 1908'

The PFS has just launched a new publication - 'The Portsmouth Artillery Volunteers 1797-1908' .
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English Heritage Statement on Hurst Castle

EH have issued a statement on their web site concerning the collapse of part of the castle and the work currently being carried out.
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PFS Official Statement regarding Hurst Castle

At this morning's PFS Committee, the catastrophe that had struck the East Wing Battery of Hurst Castle was discussed. The committee felt it appropriate that an official public statement should be made.
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Hurst Castle Front Seaward-Facing Wall Collapse

Terrible news form Hurst Castle as the front seaward-facing wall collapses due to coastal erosion. A report from the BBC news website follows....
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Exciting news about Eastney Fort East

Earlier this week, a delegation from the Palmerston Forts Society met with the new owners of the site of the former Royal Marines Museum which includes the battery. The owners plan to develop the site into Portsmouth's first five star hotel. We were invited to discuss options for the future of the battery site.
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Amazon Smile

The PFS have registered with Amazon Smile. If you use Amazon why not use Amazon Smile instead, there is no difference to you as the customer, but for every £1 you spend, those nice folk at Amazon will give the PFS a ha'penny!
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