Fort Albert, Colwell

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Fort Albert, Colwell Bay
Fort Albert, Colwell Bay

Fort Albert (also known as Cliff End Fort), at the eastern end of Colwell Bay, was one of the forts built in the 19th Century (completed in 1856) as part of Lord Palmerston's defence plans against the French.

Its location was chosen to defend the western entrance into the Solent through the Needles Passage.

Fort Albert Colwell
Fort Albert from the land

Shortly after completion, the Cliff End Batteries were built on the cliffs above which effectively replaced the fort.

East Cliff Batteries, ruins of Colwell
East Cliff Batteries, ruins of (2022)

During WWII the fort was used as an observation post for ship movements in the Western Solent.

The fort was decommissioned in 1957 and has been converted to private apartments.