You probably can’t see the For Sale sign from Southsea beach but Spitbank Fort is up for auction next month, estimated to be going for anywhere between six to seven hundred thousand pounds. Spitbank Fort was built between 1861 and 1878 and was one of a series of land and sea forts built to defend against French warships during the Napoleonic wars. During World War II it was installed with anti-aircraft guns to defend nearby Portsmouth harbour against Nazi attack. Since then it has been an on-and-off music venue and restaurant. Spitbank is one of a series of forts in the Solent, No Mans Land Fort has been converted into residential accommodation while Horse Sand Fort has remained derelict for about half a century.
Find out more information about the forts here.