QUESTER 6: VISIT TO FORT NELSON ROYAL ARMOURIES, PORTSMOUTH IN FEBRUARY 2019
Questers 6 were very lucky in that, although it was February, it was a sunny day and, as a lot of the tour was outside on top of a hill, the wind was fresh. Fort Nelson was one of five built along the ridge above Portsmouth in Victorian times, around 1850, as a fortification against a perceived attack by Napoleon III. It was never used in anger, but was later used for storage of ammunition and for training. Now it is owned by the county council and entry is free. It houses a collection of cannons, howitzers and mortars dating back to 1400. There are guns from many countries including English, French, Turkish, Indian, Russian and Chinese. They are many different shapes and sizes including one that was commissioned by Saddam Hussein, that could hit a target 400 miles away.
To anybody with grandchildren it would be an excellent place to visit because there is lots of interest, like tunnels and gunpowder stores, and lots of space for them to run around and let off steam. There are marvellous views in nearly all directions and a good cafe.
We had a very good guide who told us so much information that it cannot fit in this publication, so I encourage anybody who is interested to go there because it is a fascinating day out.