The Victorian era at the fort
1862: Building begins on Bembridge Fort
The Yarborough Monument that occupied the site is moved and construction starts on the fort. It is intended to be a final retreat in the event of an invasion of the Isle of Wight.
1867: The fort is completed
At a cost of £48,925, the fort is finished.
1871: Regiments and brigades occupy the fort
Between 1871 and 1880, the fort is used by several different regiments and brigades, including the 103rd Regiment and the 7th Brigade Royal Artillery.
1880: Anti-submarine and anti-torpedo experiments
Between 1880 and 1900 two cables run from the fort out to sea. Any disturbance to the magnetic field between them is used to detect passing metallic objects.