Fort Tregantle

Plymouth, UK
Posted on November 23, 2021 / 14
Listing Type : Land Fort
Location : England

Fort Tregantle was originally designed before the Royal Commission Report of 1860, but the plans were accepted with modifications.  This fort was primarily for land defence, but its location also gave it a limited coastal defence role.  Tregantle Fort was built between 1859 and 1866 to mount:

  • Twenty two 7-inch RBL guns
  • Thirteen 64-pdr RML guns
  • Twenty four 32-pdr SB for close defence
  • Five 8-inch Rifled Howitzers

The fort was never fully armed and in 1893 had only the following armament:

  • Five 7-inch RBL guns
  • Nineteen 64-pdr RML guns
  • Ten 32-pdr SB for close defence

As with many other Forts of this period in Portsmouth, there was a keep and enceinte with four capniers.

Shell Hoist


Some interior views of Fort Tregantle showing a shell hoist and double caponier.  The Fort remains in military hands, primarily because of the adjacent outdoor ranges.  The whole complex is now well maintained and there is on going work to restore features.

Double Caponier


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