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Aerial view of Thorne Island Fort, near Angle, Pembrokeshire Wales UK

Aerial view of Thorne Island Fort, near Angle, Pembrokeshire Wales UK Stock Photo

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5184 x 2916 px | 43.9 x 24.7 cm | 17.3 x 9.7 inches | 300dpi

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15 June 2020


Angle, Pembrokeshire Wales UK

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Thorne Island is a rocky islet and part of the community of Angle, Pembrokeshire, Wales, with an area of 2 acres, dominated by a coastal artillery fort built to defend the Milford Haven Waterway in the mid-19th century. It has been the site of a number of shipwrecks, including one in 1894 that was carrying a cargo of Scotch whisky. Thorne Island commands the entrance to the anchorage of Milford Haven and access to the former Royal Dockyard at Pembroke Dock. A proposal was made to fortify the island in 1817, but it was not implemented. In the 1850s, there was growing concern about the increasing strength of the French Navy and the expansionist policy of the Emperor Napoleon III. Work started on the existing fort at some time after 1852. The fort is an irregular polygon in plan and was designed with a seaward facing battery for five RBL 7 inch Armstrong guns and four 68-pounder guns, all mounted en barbette (i.e. in an open mounting, firing over a parapet). The landward side of the fort consists of a defensible barracks, with a loopholed parapet overlooking the entrance. In 1860, the report of the Royal Commission on the Defence recommended to Lord Palmerston that the fort would not prevent the passage of steamers of war, and therefore would not suffice to protect the dockyard or the haven itself. The fort was converted into a hotel in 1947 and was sold in 1999 for £275,000. In 2001 it was owned by the Von Essen hotel group who intended spending four million pounds to reopen the hotel with a five star rating and a cable car to allow access from the mainland. In 2001 a competition was successfully held to find a family who would serve as caretakers for a year. The island was put up for sale again with a price tag now of £750,000. The island was finally sold in November 2011 for 'significantly less' than the guide price. The fort became a Grade II* Listed Building in 1996, because it was "a well-preserved fort of Palmerston's Haven defences"

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