Northe Fort (4)

Posted: October 13, 2014 in Dorset, History, Post medieval history, UK
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The final stage in the history of Northe Fort was during the second world war. Both Portland and Weymouth harbours were important strategic sites. Weymouth for the transport of troops to Europe, most notably the American troops to Omaha beach on D-day and Portland as a major naval base.

American troops marching through Weymouth

American troops marching through Weymouth

American troops departing Weymouth for Omaha beach

American troops departing Weymouth for Omaha beach

In addition an anti-aircraft battery was added both to the Fort and elsewhere on the point to protect the harbours and town, where there was a factory of a major manufacturer of torpedos.

Anti aircraft gun

Anti aircraft gun

The fort was decommissioned in 1956 and became a naval stores. In 1961 it was sold to the local council, but little was done other than to create a nuclear shelter in part of the underground portion of the fort.The Fort is now managed by the Weymouth Civic Society which has restored it as a museum with exhibits covering its history and of war time Weymouth. Well worth a visit if you are in the area

Detail at http://www.nothefort.org.uk/

The Northe Fort - Weymouth - Dorset.
photo by Jim Linwood (https://www.flickr.com/photos/brighton/)

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