FORT HENRY is situated on the cliff edge, immediately in front of the gun emplacement. It a large rectangular structure of reinforced concrete and is orientated north-west to south-east. It measures 138m long and 3m wide and its walls are 1m thick. To the seaward (north-east) elevation is a recessed observation slit that runs the entire length of the structure. Entrances at either end provide access to the interior which takes the form of a long, narrow corridor with a staggered blast wall at approximately the halfway point.
Post-Medieval (1540 - 1901), Modern (1901 and later)
By August 1940, a gun emplacement for a six-pounder gun had been constructed at Redend Point in Studland, part of the anti-invasion defences laid out around Studland Bay. Its line of fire was partly blocked by the construction in 1943 of FORT HENRY, a purpose-built observation post, immediately to the east. It was built by the Canadian Royal Engineers and was named after their home base in Ontario. In April 1944 King George VI, Winston Churchill, General Sir Bernard Montgomery, General Dwight D. Eisenhower and Acting Admiral Louis Mountbatten observed a demonstration of carpet bombing followed by assault landings, part of Exercise Smash 1, from Fort Henry.
How visible are the remains in the face of the cliff, ridge or dune? IN SECTION
Do you know if the feature is?
Is well known, Is well visited, Has local associations/history
What actions (if any) would you recommend for this feature?
Occasional monitoring as structure is at risk of coastal erosion, over the next 100 years
Shoreline Management plan SMP15 (Hurst Spit to Durlston Head)
Local Authority Purbeck District Council
Type of defence Natural
20 year SMP management policy Managed realignment
Erosion predicted over 20 years Not applicable
50 year SMP management policy No active intervention
Erosion predicted over 50 years 25.4 - 38.8 metres
100 year SMP management policy No active intervention
Erosion predicted over 100 years 51.9 - 87.3 metres
*Based on a baseline of 2010