Palmerston Forts Society
ADEN
Forts Ras Morbut and Ras Tarshayne, Upper El Aineh Battery, Seera Battery, Telegraph Bay Battery
No web site found for these Victorian forts & batteries - they may or may not still exist.
ASCENSION ISLAND
Fort Bedford, Fort Hayes, Fort Thornton

 AUSTRALIA

Bare Island Fort (NSW) www.environment.nsw.gov.au/NationalParks/parkVenues.aspx?venue=20080707300010025
Ben Buckler Battery (NSW) www.heritage.nsw.gov.au/07_subnav_01_2.cfm?itemid=5056455
Bradleys Head (NSW) www.environment.nsw.gov.au/NationalParks/parkCultExplore.aspx?id=N0039#MilitaryrelicsatBradleysHead
Flagstaff Hill Fort (NSW) www.heritage.nsw.gov.au/07_subnav_01_2.cfm?itemid=2700124
Georges Head Battery (NSW) www.environment.nsw.gov.au/NationalParks/parkCultExplore.aspx?id=N0039#GeorgesHeadmilitaryrelics
Henry Head Battery (NSW) www.environment.nsw.gov.au/NationalParks/parkWalking.aspx?id=N0066#HenryHeadTrack
Middle Head Fort (NSW) www.environment.nsw.gov.au/NationalParks/parkLookouts.aspx?id=N0039#MiddleHead
North Fort (NSW) www.collectionsaustralia.net/org/102/about
Fort Scratchley (NSW) fortscratchley.org
Shark Point Battery (NSW) www.environment.nsw.gov.au/NationalParks/parkAccommodation.aspx?id=N0039#SteelePointCottage
Signal Hill Battery (NSW) www.woollahra.nsw.gov.au/library/local_history/local_history_fast_facts/s
Smiths Hill Fort (NSW) wollongongfort.org.au
Fort Lytton (Queensland) www.fortlytton.net.au
Fort Glanville (SA) www.fortglanville.com.au
Mulgrave Battery, Prince of Wales Battery, Prince Albert Battery (Tas) www.hobartcity.com.au/Recreation/Parks_and_Gardens
Queens Battery (Tas) www.hobartcity.com.au/Recreation/Bushland/Queens_Domain
Alexandra Battery (Tas) www.hobartcity.com.au/Recreation/Parks_and_Gardens
Kangaroo Bluff Battery (Tas) www.parks.tas.gov.au/index.aspx?base=2665
Fort Nepean, Fort Pearce (Victoria) www.melbourne.com.au/point-nepean-national-park.htm
Fort Queenscliff (Victoria) www.fortqueenscliff.com.au
South Channel Fort (Victoria) parkweb.vic.gov.au/explore/parks/point-nepean-national-park/things-to-do/south-channel-fort
Princess Royal Fortress (WA) www.albany.wa.gov.au/facilities/princess-royal-fortress

 BARBADOS

St. Anns Fort and Garrison Savannah
http://www.barbadosgarrison.org/index.html
BERMUDA
CANADA
Macaulay Point Battery (Esquimalt) www.esquimalt.ca/parksRecreation/parks/parkDescriptions.aspx
Fort Rodd Hill (Esquimalt) fortroddhill.com
Halifax Citadel www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/ns/halifax/index.aspx
Fort McNab, Ives Point Battery (Halifax) www.pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/ns/mcnab/index.aspx www.novascotiaparks.ca/parks/mcnabs.asp
York Redoubt, Connaught Battery (Halifax) www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/ns/york/index.aspx
Fort Frederick (Kingston) www.rmc.ca/cam/mus/history-histoire-eng.asp
Fort Henry (Kingston) www.forthenry.com
Prince Edward Battery (Prince Edward Island) www.historicplaces.ca/en/rep-reg/place-lieu.aspx?id=5379
Quebec Citadel www.lacitadelle.qc.ca/en.html
Lévis Fort Number 1 (Quebec) www.pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/qc/levis/natcul/natcul4.aspx
Signal Hill Batteries (St. John’s Newfoundland) www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/nl/signalhill/natcul/histor.aspx
Gazetteer www.northamericanforts.com/Canada/canada.html
CEYLON - SRI LANKA
COLOMBO - Klippenburg Battery, Galle Faec Battery, Guard Battery, Enkhuysen Battery & Battenburg Battery No web site found for these Victorian batteries - they may or may not still exist
TRINCOMALEE - Fort Frederick, Fort Ostenberg, Wellesey Batery (Great Sober Island), Flagstaff Battery & Regent's Battery http://www.navy.lk/en/museum.html
GIBRALTAR
HONG KONG
 INDIA & PAKISTAN
BOMBAY - Batteries at Oyster Rock, Middle Ground, Malabar Point, Cross Island, Butcher's Island and Colaba Point No web site found for these Victorian forts & batteries - they may or may not still exist
CALCUTTA - Victorian defences did exist here - they may or may not still exist
KARACHI - Manera Fort, No web site found for these Victorian fort - it may or may not still exist
MADRAS - Fort St George & Beach Batteries No web site found for these Victorian forts & batteries - they may or may not still exist
 
JAMAICA
KINGSTON & PORT ROYAL
Victorian defences existed here together with a locally raised company of Artillery Volunteers. Whether batteries still exists?
 
KENYA
MOMBASA ISLAND Victorian defences existed here. Whether batteries still exists?
MALTA

 MAURITIUS

Port Louis - Fort George, Albert Battery, Fort William travelingluck.com/Africa/Mauritius/Port+Louis/_934491_Fort+George.html#local_map

NEW ZEALAND
North Head Batteries (Auckland) www.doc.govt.nz/conservation/historic/by-region/auckland/central-and-south-auckland/north-head-historic-reserve
Fort Takapuna (Auckland) www.doc.govt.nz/conservation/historic/by-region/auckland/central-and-south-auckland/fort-takapuna-historic-reserve
Fort Victoria (Auckland) www.devonportdirectory.co.nz/heritage.htm#victoria
Fort Taiaroa (Port Chalmers) www.albatross.org.nz
Harrington Point Battery (Port Chalmers) nzrifle.com/ml_harrington_point.htm
Battery Point Battery (Lyttelton) www.nzrifle.com/ml_battery_point.htm
Fort Jervois (Lyttelton) www.doc.govt.nz/conservation/historic/by-region/canterbury/christchurch-and-banks-peninsula/fort-jervois-ripapa-island
Fort Balance (Wellington) www.historic.org.nz/TheRegister/RegisterSearch/RegisterResults.aspx?RID=5074
Fort Buckley (Wellington) www.historic.org.nz/TheRegister/RegisterSearch/RegisterResults.aspx?RID=7544
Halswell Battery (Wellington) www.historic.org.nz/TheRegister/RegisterSearch/RegisterResults.aspx?RID=222
Garden Battery (Wellington) friendswbg.org.nz/downhill9.htm
Kau Point Battery (Wellington) www.historic.org.nz/TheRegister/RegisterSearch/RegisterResults.aspx?RID=7542
Gazetteer https://sites.google.com/site/nzcoastaldefences/home
St. HELENA
 
St. LUCIA
Castries Batteries - Vigie, La Toc and Morne guidetostlucia.com/castries-st-lucia
 
SIERRA LEONE
FREETOWN - Fort Thornton Hill Victorian defences existed here together with a locally raised company of Artillery Volunteers. Whether batteries still exists?
 
SINGAPORE
 
SOUTH AFRICA
Middle North Battery (Simonstown) http://www.simonstown.org/9%20inch%20rml.html
Fort Wynyard (Cape Town) https://www.facebook.com/Fort.Wynyard/


Meetings / Events

22/09/2021 - Zoom Webinar - The RAF Bomb Supply System in WW2

The Palmerston Forts Society, together with the Fortress Study Group and the Ordnance Society, are pleased to announce the following Zoom webinar… On the 22nd September Stewart Hadaway will be telling us about 'The RAF Bomb Supply System in WW2'. The talk will commence at 2000hrs, and all PFS members are welcome to attend. The link has been emailed to the members but if you are unsure then contact the Membership Secretary at membership@palmerstonfortssociety.org.uk

29/09/2021 - Zoom Webinar - The Physics and Tactical Significance of Artillery in the English Civil War

The Palmerston Forts Society, together with the Fortress Study Group and the Ordnance Society, are pleased to announce the following Zoom webinar… On the 1st September Dr Sam Chadwick will talk about 'The Physics and Tactical Significance of Artillery in the English Civil War' The talk will commence at 2000hrs, and all PFS members are welcome to attend. The link has been emailed to the members but if you are unsure then contact the Membership Secretary at membership@palmerstonfortssociety.org.uk

16/10/2021 - PFS Annual General Meeting 2021

The PFS will hold the 2021 AGM on Saturday 16th October at 14.00hrs. As yet it is undecided if the meeting will be virtual by Zoom (as last year) or live at Fort Nelson, subject to Royal Armouries' approval and in accordance with whatever safety requirements they determine. All PFS members are invited to attend.

News

Fort Widley - Home to The Pompey Pals Charity

The Palmerston era Fort Widley is the home to The Pompey Pals Charity which was initially set up to erect a memorial at Fratton Park (the home of Portsmouth FC), to honour the Portsmouth men who, during the First World War, joined the 14th & 15th Battalions of The Hampshire Regiment known as The Pompey Pals. Since 2014, the charity has expanded its aims and now looks to honour and commemorate all Portsmouth citizens who have served in this country’s armed forces, or who have lost their lives as a result of enemy action from 1914 to the present day. Whether it is through this website, social media, organised memorial events, or via the museum and research centre located at Fort Widley, the aim is to record and to tell the individuals story. The museum at Fort Widley is able to open, all be it on a strictly pre-booked basis only, and can accommodate groups of up to 4 people. For more details or to make a booking: Fort Widley, Portsdown Hill Road, Portsmouth, PO3 3LS / tel: 07982 402229 

Palmerston Forts Society Members' Survey

In February and March this year, we surveyed the PFS membership on the subject of the PFS website.  This was the third members’ survey, the previous two concerning Social Media and Meetings and Events. Members were asked six questions about the website and one question each about our Facebook page and the Newsletter:  66% of members responded – a high response rate that gives us confidence that the results are representative. We were pleased to find that the PFS website was rated highly by most members.  The most common response was that the website was “fine as it is” but there were some good ideas for improvements and some of those have already been implemented.  For example, you will find a new page in the website on the PFS committee – how the committee works and who the members are. Feedback on the Newsletter was also very positive. The full results of the survey and the agreed actions can be found in the Members Area Menu on the website.

PFS New Publication - 'The Portsmouth Artillery Volunteers 1797 - 1908'

The PFS has just launched a new publication - 'The Portsmouth Artillery Volunteers 1797-1908' by PFS member Duncan Williams. This full colour, 36 page booklet, follows the story of the Volunteer Artillerymen that manned the nation’s fortifications from the late 18th to early 20th centuries. Although the book uses the units formed in Portsmouth to illustrate the development of the nation's Volunteer Artillery force, the information would be useful to anybody with an interest in a rarely covered topic on British military history or the local history of Portsmouth. Full details of how to purchase this publication can be found on the Information tab of the PFS website.

Latest news concerning Fort Gilkicker

On Wednesday 5th May, four members of the Palmerston Forts Society meet with two directors of the development company that has bought Fort Gilkicker and their architect.  We were invited to the meeting after approaching the developers with a request for clarification of their plans for the fort.
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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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Fort Nelson reopens on 12th April

Fort Nelson will be open from 12 April 2021. Once again, visitors will be able to enjoy the panoramic views from the fort’s ramparts, The galleries will then be opened on May 17th as the Covid restrictions are relaxed. Although the main café will not be open, the snack bar will be open with plenty of picnic space. Social distancing and various other forms of safety control will be in place, and so the number of people on site can be managed it is necessary to book advance for the timed daily sessions. Admission is free but on-site car parking incurs a small charge. Disappointingly, it looks as if there are no plans for live firings in 2021. Nigel Hosier, the Operations Manager, is quoted: "The guns have been silent for more than a year now but we have big plans for their return in 2022. They are the life, sight and smell of the fort. We plan to revamp and remodel how we do it." For advance booking check the Royal Armouries website: https://royalarmouries.org/venue/fort-nelson/

Fort Gilkicker - interesting news (perhaps)

Interesting news about FORT GILKICKER (perhaps) The Fort Gilkicker Information Group today reports: “………. I just wanted to update you with an important piece of news I have been informed of today. Two reliable sources of information have told me that contracts have been exchanged very recently for Gilkicker which means that the fort now possibly has a new owner and work is again going to commence very soon. I am awaiting a final reply from …….regarding this issue but will keep you all updated accordingly. …….” We will keep you posted on this one !
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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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