History

Built for a battle that never took place

Why was the battery built here?

Why was the battery built here?

Find out why The Needles Old Battery was built in Victorian times on the far western tip of the island, what's happened to it since and why it's a battery and not a fort.

Defending the nation

High above the iconic Needles, these guns on the Old Battery have sent out a strong message to prospective invaders for many years.

Into the space age

Built to house bigger, more modern guns, The Needles New Battery is now better known for the part it played in secret Cold War rocket tests.

Needles lighthouse

The Needles lighthouse was built to save ships being lost at sea, but it couldn't save the lighthouse keeper's breakfast...

The Needles

The Needles rocks are associated with the Isle of Wight, but do you know their Biblical connection?

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