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Bembridge Fort is a fort built on the highest point of Bembridge Down close to the village of Bembridge on the Isle of Wight.

Sitting atop Bembridge Down is a large Victorian fortress with a commanding view of the Channel, so you’d be forgiven for thinking that Bembridge Fort had seen considerable combat in the past. But until the 20th century a shot had never been fired in anger. That’s because the formidable building is what’s known as a Palmerston Folly. Originally built as part of a chain of defences to protect against the threat of invasion, no invasion came and the forts and batteries were used for other purposes.

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