Golden Hill Fort

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Golden Hill Fort
Golden Hill, Isle of Wight, England
Golden Hill Fort is located in Isle of Wight
Golden Hill Fort
Golden Hill Fort
Coordinates 50°41′22″N 1°31′18″W / 50.689333°N 1.521639°W / 50.689333; -1.521639
Site information
Owner Private residence
Open to
the public
Site history
Built 1863-1872
In use 1872 onwards
Materials Brick

Golden Hill Fort was a defensible barracks built as part of the Palmerston defences by the 1859 Royal Commission on the Defence of the United Kingdom to provide manpower to man the defences at the western end of the Isle of Wight, England. Built in hexagonal form, it accommodated 8 officers and 128 men, and had its own hospital. [1]

The Fort is a local landmark which is in a very prominent position overlooking much of the land looking south towards Afton Down. Whilst operational, the area was kept clear of vegetation to allow views out to the Solent. The name Golden Hill refers not to the spectacular golden display of gorse but to an historic landowner named Gauden. The garrison for the nearby Hatherwood Battery was held at the fort.

The building, which is a Grade 1 Listed Building, is now in private ownership and not open to the public. It was derelict and had not been used for many years, passing through numerous owners. Planning consent was granted in 2003 for conversion to residential use, with the listed building consent updated in 2007. Golden Hill Fort is currently being converted into 18 luxury houses by Golden Hill Homes Ltd. [2] The developers are working closely with English Heritage, to restore the Fort to its former glory. The Fort had half a page of editorial coverage in the Sunday Telegraph on 12 May 2008, detailing the project. [3]

The surrounding land is open to the public. It is managed as a country park by the Isle of Wight Council, and is an open grassland with bridleways, viewpoints and a small car park.

The soil types on which it stands are complex and support a wide range of plants, including the chalk loving yellow-wort and dwarf thistle, dyer’s greenweed, a feature of neutral soils and gorse which is associated with more acid soils. These attract a good range of butterflies. The habitats vary and there is a transition between open grassland, scrub and woodland.


  1. ^ "Golden Hill Fort - Freshwater". British Listed Buildings. 
  2. ^ "Golden Hill Fort". 
  3. ^ Clark, Ross (13 May 2008). "A man's home can be his fortress". The Daily Telegraph (London). 

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Coordinates: 50°41′21.6″N 1°31′17.9″W / 50.689333°N 1.521639°W / 50.689333; -1.521639