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A Plan of Sandham Fort in the Isle of Wight

A Plan of Sandham Fort in the Isle of Wight

Medium: Ink on paper

Date: 1750

Shelfmark: K top Vol 15

Item number: 36

Length: 44.8

Width: 50

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Plan

Coloured view of Sandown Fort not Sandham as the title suggests) and the surrounding area. The fort which is sometimes known as ‘Granite fort’, was built in 1862 to house eighteen, nine inch. It was situated close to the beach in the centre of Sandown Bay, on a rock eighteen feet above sea level. Originally it houses eighteen nine inch guns however it was felt that conditions were too cramped and some of these were replaced with smaller guns. Additional fortifications were built at Yaverland, Sandown Banks and Redcliff to support Sandown Fort. The fort was sold in the 1930s and a Zoo was established on the site.

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