Castles and Fortifications of England and Wales

MILFORD HAVEN OUTER DEFENCES


West Blockhouse
Photo Andrew Tivenan

These comprise Dale Fort, Stack Rock Fort, Chapel Bay Battery, South Hook Fort, Thorn Island Fort and East & West Blockhouse Batteries. They were all built in the 1860's as part of the Palmerston defences of Milford Haven.

West Blockhouse on St Anne's Head was completed in 1857 and contained accommodation for a garrison of 34 men and one officer. It had a single battery of six 68 pounder heavy guns commanding the entrance to the harbour, with defensible barracks behind to give protection from attack on the landward side. It continued in use until after World War 2.

The fort is owned by the Landmark trust and can be rented out as holiday accomodation.


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West Blockhouse photo Andrew Tivenan West Blockhouse photo Andrew Tivenan West Blockhouse photo Andrew Tivenan West Blockhouse photo Andrew Tivenan

Dale Fort is set on a rocky promontory on St Anne's Head at the entrance to Milford Haven in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. It is now a field study centre. Dale, Pembrokeshire SA62 3RD

Stack Rock Fort is a small circular fort on an island in the middle of the channel. It is currently unused.

Chapel Bay Fort is sited on the coast to the west of Milford Haven at Angle. It was used as a coastal defence centre in World War 2. It is open to the public at weekends in summer. Off the B4320 at Angle, Pembrokeshire SA71 5BE.

Thorn Island Fort is built on a small island in the south of the estuary.

East Blockhouse Battery protected the southern entrance to the estuary, overlooking West Angle Bay.




 



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