Due to the perceived threat of war with France and on the recommendation of Lord Palmerston, in September 1861 building of what is now the Old Battery begins.
A battle that never took place
The Needles Old Battery on the Isle of Wight is surely one of our more unusual properties. Perched on this exposed, windswept headland, looking out onto the iconic Needles Rocks, the Battery is a stark reminder of an age when England feared attack by the French under Napoleon III.
Why was it built?
Fort or battery?
The end of an era
01 Sep 61
Building commences at the Old Battery
Work finishes on the Old Battery
Designed by Major James Edwards of the Royal Engineers and at a cost of £6,896, the Old Battery is completed.
Six guns are installed
Six 7 inch Armstrong breech loading guns are installed at the Old Battery.