Upton Fort, Osmington Mills, Dorset
Portland & Weymouth Harbours have their fair share of Victorian coastal defences. On the Isle itself, the harbour breakwater wall and also Nothe Fort. All of which are Westerly (firing East) or Southern based (firing North). So what about a Northern site? Something that would attack to the South and be, no doubt, a bit of a surprise for enemy ships/aircraft! With the addition of this defence, the harbours would be extremely protected.
And that’s where Upton Fort comes in. Possibly one of the best preserved (derelict) Victorian coastal defence batteries in the area, especially when compared to the Portland High-Angle Batteries. It sits hidden in the Osmington hills, now surrounded by a few homes, converted from the original buildings.
I knew for a long time that there had to be some defences on this edge of coastline and with that seed planted in my head, I took to Google Maps and found it, sticking out like a sore thumb (for someone who knows their Victorian defences from the sky!)
Upton Fort is someones garden. Please take that in to account if you’re planning a visit, be courteous and ask permission before you go wandering around.