A trip to Hurst Castle

Discussion in 'WW2 Museums. Events, & places to see.' started by SteveDee, Aug 30, 2018.

  1. SteveDee

    SteveDee Well-Known Member

    I must admit I put Hurst Castle on our "List of places to visit" purely because you can't drive up to it by car. The 2 general options are (i) by boat, and (ii) a 1.5 mile walk along a shingle spit from Milford-on-sea. We did both; choosing Shanks's Pony to get there, and then a boat trip & a walk to get back to the car.

    This fort's working life runs from 1544 to 1956, and its been used to repel the French, the Dutch, and anyone else that doesn't have a valid visitors visa.

    You probably wont learn much more about WW2 than you already know, but Its most notable WW2 feature is that it still has an ENSA theatre, possibly the last surviving example.


    However, it was a good day out on a sunny August day!

    Home - Hurst Castle
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  2. SDP

    SDP Incurable Cometoholic Patron

    Nice location and well worth the walk.
    Milford-on-Sea itself was the final base of my late fathers Regiment (24th Lancers) before they embarked on 'the Great Adventure' aka Normandy 1944: that rather impressive development near the Car Park was originally a Sanatorium and was used by the 24L 'A' Squadron.
  3. SteveDee

    SteveDee Well-Known Member

    That's interesting SDP.

    Some of the exhibits seem to have been collected from other places. So were the 129 Coast Battery actually stationed on the castle site, or is this Bofors display just a general museum exhibit?

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  4. davidbfpo

    davidbfpo Well-Known Member

    I visited Hurst Castle in 2016, as part of a group and took the boat over. It is an English Heritage property, which is managed by a local contractor. It has some odd items, I didn't photo the Bofors as my attention was directed to the "Twin Six", a twin six pounder which was in a room looking rather forlorn. The gun was dual purpose, although mainly against fast attack craft.

    There were two mystery pieces of metal propped up in the yard; they looked like targets for larger guns.

    EH announced in July 20167 a £1m restoration project: Repair work starts on Henry VIII's castle Alas their artillery conservation project does not mention Hurst Castle: Help save England's historic cannons | English Heritage
  5. SteveDee

    SteveDee Well-Known Member

    Here is the twin 6 pounder that you mention. Unfortunately is was in a very dark area, so I was forced to use a low shutter speed and high ISO, resulting in this rather noisy fuzzy photo.


    It was only as we were leaving Hurst Castle that we noticed a sign saying "Please hand in your audio guides". If I'd realised they had these I would have used one. (I'm a big fan, especially when they are done well, as they are at the Bovington Tank Museum).

    In one of the washrooms I found this amusing illustration allegedly showing the difference between Officers and other ranks.


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