No Man’s Land Fort is a sea fort as long Shunned Coastal Bulwark the in Solent Portsmouth, England.  The poet John Donne said no man is an island, but No Man’s Land Fort is an island of sorts. One of four iron and granite structures, it is set like tarnished stones in the murky tidal waters of the Solent, a mile or so off the south coast of England.
The main purpose of to build the No Man’s Land Fort is to give protection to Portsmouth and its harbor from French sea attack and bombardment. As perfect examples of robust, self-confident, enduring Victorian engineering as you could possibly find. They nevertheless speak volumes of the geopolitical anxieties of that age.
Like Spitbank, Horse Sand and St Helens, No Man’s Land Fort was erected between 1860 and 1880. It was in direct response to very real fears of a potential threat of invasion from across the English Channel. However, many believe the construction work of No Man’s Land Fort started in 1865 along with Horse-Sands, and St Helen’s.
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No Man’s Land Fort (solent fort) is sea fort which purpose to give protection to Portsmouth & its harbor from French sea attack & bombardment.
No Man’s Land Fort (solent fort) is sea fort which purpose to give protection to Portsmouth & its harbor from French sea attack & bombardment. Photo Credit – Wikipedia
In 1860, the British Prime Minister, Lord Palmerston, established a Royal Commission on the Defense of the United Kingdom. Which recommended a substantial expansion of coastal bulwarks to protect naval ports such as Portsmouth.
Squabbles over their cost would delay their completion and by the time No Man’s Land was finally up and operating it was largely irrelevant. Both it and similar forts were popularly dismissed as ‘Palmerston’s Follies’. However, the First and Second World Wars were to dent such naysaying attitudes, as they were re-armed and manned as vital coastal defenses.
Therefore, decommissioned in the 1950’s No Man’s Land sat for years largely in a state of abeyance and used for coastal artillery until 1956. In 1960, it was decided to put on sale, but took 20 years to sold out by the Ministry of Defense in the 1980’s and their parts fell into disrepair.
Since 2008, it has since been revamped as a luxury hotel and party venue, with a helipad, a wine bar, billiard room, swimming pool, laser quest arena and guest rooms. Most decorated in a nautical theme, with portraits of Lord Nelson a charming addition to some.
This is also called as “No Man’s Fort” is 200 ft in diameter and lies 1.5 miles off the coast of the Isle of Wight, once housed more than 70 soldiers. In a 1972 serial The Sea Devils, many scenes were filmed at this fort. The Solent fort is capable of to accommodate 44 guests and 200 people at parties.
The fort was sold by the Ministry of Defence in the 1980s and parts fell into disrepair Photo Credit - BBC
The fort was sold by the Ministry of Defence in the 1980s and parts fell into disrepair Photo Credit – BBC

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Originally posted 2020-02-01 09:32:57.

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