Fort Burgoyne

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Fort Burgoyne from above

Fort Burgoyne, originally known as Castle Hill Fort,[1] was built in the 1860s as one of the Palmerston forts around Dover in southeast England. It was built to a polygonal system with detached eastern and western redoubts, to guard the high ground northeast of the strategic port of Dover, just north of Dover Castle. The fort is named after the 19th century General John Fox Burgoyne, Inspector-General of Fortifications and son of the John Burgoyne who fought in the American Revolutionary War.

After the First World War Fort Burgoyne was used as military depot or store for Connaught Barracks.[2] Until recently the central part of the fort was still owned by the Ministry of Defence, forming part of the Connaught Barracks site, which is now being redeveloped for housing.[3]

The eastern and western outworks are accessible but heavily overgrown.

The ownership of a fort has been transferred to a charity called the Land Trust.[1]

The site also includes 104 acres (42 hectares) of land.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Fort Burgoyne: Dover fortress transferred to Land Trust". bbc.co.uk. 19 March 2014. Retrieved 25 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "Fort Burgoyne". Historic England. Retrieved 3 December 2015. 
  3. ^ "Public consultation on pre-application plans for former Connaught Barracks site". Invest in Dover. 7 November 2014. Retrieved 3 December 2015. 

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Coordinates: 51°8′11″N 1°19′16″E / 51.13639°N 1.32111°E / 51.13639; 1.32111