Point Battery

Portsmouth, UK
Posted on July 30, 2022 / 1
Listing Type : Coastal Battery
Location : England

This area includes Point Battery, the Round Tower and Point Barracks.  The original defences here date back to the 1400s and included a boom between Round Tower and a similar Tower at Blockhouse.  Between 1847 and 1850 the site was redeveloped and new casemates added.

The battery is ‘L’ shaped with five 32-pdr SB guns in the casemates facing the approaches and above the casemates barracks, facing toward Fort Blockhouse two barbette gun positions.  The total armament for the battery was:

  • 1885 to 1893 primarily eleven 80-pdr RML guns and two 7-inch RBL.
  • 1893-1900 two 80-pdr RML, two 7-inch RBL, two 64-pdr RML and one 9-inch RML
  • 1900 to 1902 wo 64-pdr RML,  one 9-inch RML, five 12-pdr QF and two Maxim Machine Guns
  • Thereafter is was five 12-pdr QF guns.

A total of three Defence Electric Lights were constructed to illuminate the entrance pasage.

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