August 10, 2022

A derelict Victorian fort has bought for £1.38million after plans had been accepted to show it into a surprising gated improvement.

Fort Gilkicker in Gosport, Hants, was inbuilt 1871 to guard the Royal Navy in close by Portsmouth from a possible assault by the French.

The semi-circular ark was crammed with gun emplacements bearing down on Spithead off Portsmouth, the deep water anchorage for navy vessels.

In addition to the 22 casemates – giant rooms from which cannons could possibly be fired – 5 greater weapons had been mounted on the roof.

Planning permission was granted to transform the Grade II listed construction into 26 houses – 22 three-storey homes in the principle fort and 4 luxurious flats within the former two-storey barrack block.

The big financial institution in entrance of it would even be dug up, restoring the gorgeous sea views for future residents.

The quirky property, that additionally backs on to a golf course, was bought at Clive Emson auctioneers.

A derelict Victorian fort (pictured) has bought for £1.386m after plans had been accepted to show it into a surprising gated improvement

Fort Gilkicker in Gosport, Hants, was built to protect the Royal Navy from the French in 1871. The semi-circular ark was filled with gun emplacements bearing down on Spithead off Portsmouth, the deep water anchorage for navy vessels

Fort Gilkicker in Gosport, Hants, was constructed to guard the Royal Navy from the French in 1871. The semi-circular ark was crammed with gun emplacements bearing down on Spithead off Portsmouth, the deep water anchorage for navy vessels

The main fort will likely be turned into 22 three storey houses, with four luxury apartments in the former two-storey barrack block

The primary fort will doubtless be changed into 22 three storey homes, with 4 luxurious flats within the former two-storey barrack block 

Fort Gilkicker in Gosport, Hants, was built to protect the Royal Navy from the French in 1871. The semi-circular ark was filled with gun emplacements bearing down on Spithead off Portsmouth

Fort Gilkicker in Gosport, Hants, was constructed to guard the Royal Navy from the French in 1871. The semi-circular ark was crammed with gun emplacements bearing down on Spithead off Portsmouth

After the specter of a French invasion subsided, an enormous grass financial institution was constructed on its sea-side to additional strengthen its partitions.

The fort was used within the First and Second World Wars however since then it has been used variously as a plumbers’ workshop, signalling station and storage items.

Rob Marchant, auctioneer, stated: ‘The fort is located at Stokes Bay in Gosport and is a powerful relic of the Victorian period, constructed between 1863 and 1871.

‘These forts had been also referred to as Palmerston’s Follies, partly as a result of some had been constructed with the weapons dealing with inland, but in addition as a result of the French menace had diminished.

‘Napoleon III’s overseas coverage turned aligned with Britain’s so the specter of a French fleet attacking was unlikely.

‘Behind the curved constructing the place the weapons had been located is a two-storey barrack block initially occupied by the officers.

The property is a Palmerston Forts, a gaggle of forts that had been constructed across the British coast to guard the nation towards the French. They had been named after the Prime Minister of the day, Lord Palmerston

After the threat of a French invasion subsided, a huge grass bank was built on its sea-side to further strengthen its walls

After the specter of a French invasion subsided, an enormous grass financial institution was constructed on its sea-side to additional strengthen its partitions

More recently, planning permission was granted to convert the Grade II listed structure into 26 homes - 22 apartments in the main fort and four more in the former two-storey barrack block

Extra lately, planning permission was granted to transform the Grade II listed construction into 26 houses – 22 flats in the principle fort and 4 extra within the former two-storey barrack block

Rob Marchant, auctioneer, said: 'The fort is situated at Stokes Bay in Gosport and is a magnificent relic of the Victorian era, built between 1863 and 1871.'

Rob Marchant, auctioneer, stated: ‘The fort is located at Stokes Bay in Gosport and is a powerful relic of the Victorian period, constructed between 1863 and 1871.’

‘Permission has been granted to transform the fort into an unique property of 26 houses. There could be 22 within the former gun emplacements and 4 actually massive flats within the barrack block.

‘Adjustments would come with eradicating the earth wall put up earlier than the First World Battle, to open up some gorgeous views throughout the Solent.

‘Having grown up regionally the fort has at all times regarded because it does now. There’s a seashore on the entrance, a golf course on the again and wonderful views.

‘There was a substantial amount of curiosity within the fort from potential patrons, a number of of whom toured the location.’

Rob Marchant said: 'Behind the curved building where the guns were situated is a two-storey barrack block originally occupied by the officers.

Rob Marchant stated: ‘Behind the curved constructing the place the weapons had been located is a two-storey barrack block initially occupied by the officers.

Mr Marchant said: 'Permission has been granted to convert the fort into an exclusive estate of 26 homes. There would be 22 in the former gun emplacements and four really big apartments in the barrack block.

Mr Marchant stated: ‘Permission has been granted to transform the fort into an unique property of 26 houses. There could be 22 within the former gun emplacements and 4 actually massive flats within the barrack block.

Mr Marchant said: 'Having grown up locally the fort has always looked as it does now. It is a stunning opportunity for someone, a really exciting project. 'There is a beach at the front, a golf course at the back and amazing views.'

Mr Marchant stated: ‘Having grown up regionally the fort has at all times regarded because it does now. It’s a gorgeous alternative for somebody, a extremely thrilling mission. ‘There’s a seashore on the entrance, a golf course on the again and wonderful views.’

The property is a Palmerston Forts, a gaggle of forts that had been constructed across the British coast to guard the nation towards the French.

They had been named after the Prime Minister of the day, Lord Palmerston.

They had been criticised as a result of by the point most of them had been accomplished the menace from the French navy had handed they usually turned out of date.

Mr Marchant added: ‘These forts had been also referred to as Palmerston’s Follies, partly as a result of some had been constructed with the weapons dealing with inland, but in addition as a result of the French menace had diminished.

‘Napoleon III’s overseas coverage turned aligned with Britain’s so the specter of a French fleet attacking was unlikely.’