Cliff End Battery

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Cliff End Battery
Cliff End, Isle of Wight, England
12andahalf inch muzzle loading rifled gun (1875).jpg
A 12.5 inch gun from Cliff End Battery.
Cliff End Battery is located in Isle of Wight
Cliff End Battery
Cliff End Battery
Coordinates 50°42′01″N 1°31′45″W / 50.700141°N 1.52914°W / 50.700141; -1.52914
Site information
Open to
the public
Site history
Built 1868
In use Holiday bungalow development
Materials Concrete

Cliff End Battery (map reference SZ333890) is a battery on the west coast of the Isle of Wight overlooking Fort Albert. It is one of the many Palmerston Forts built on the island to protect it in response to a perceived French invasion. Construction of the battery began in 1862 and was completed by 1868 at a cost of £32,714.

In 1877 it mounted six 12.5-inch Rifled Muzzle Loading (RML) Guns and three 10-inch Rifle Muzzle Loading Guns. From 1899 the obsolete RML guns were removed and replaced by 6-inch guns and 4.7-inch guns.

Today some of the gun emplacements remain. Much of the land is used as a site for holiday bungalows. The six 12.5-inch RML guns which were pushed over the cliff when they were dismounted after 1899 have since been recovered, with one of them now outside of Fort Albert.


  • Cantwell, Anthony (1986). The Needles Defences. Isle of Wight: Solent Papers. ISBN 1870113012. 

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