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TP8116 - Bembridge Fort
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This trigpoint:
Is ranked joint 5033rd with 42 other trigs (more).
Has a mean score of 5.65/10 (from 20 logged visits)
Was First logged: 20th Apr 2010
Has never been found intact
Was Last logged: 10th May 2022

Of the 20 logged visits,
6 recorded a location and of these....

All were within 87m
The average error was 32m
The closest was 9m

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Toppled 10th May 2022  10:55  by boblynoriho

FB Number: S2418  Condition: Toppled  Score: 7/10

Permission to visit granted by the manager in the MicronAir workshop.

Bembridge Fort trigpoint ©boblynoriho

Toppled 21st Apr 2022  10:54  by TomH123

FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Toppled  Score: 7/10

Toppled 6th Oct 2021  13:30  by nine_milesperhour

FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Toppled  Score: 5/10

Slightly tricky to bag this Trig as it's inside a fort which is closed to the public. The National Trust own the fort and used to offer guided tours, but these have stopped now as a result of Covid. However, a crop spraying manufacturer called MicronAir currently rents the fort and it's possible to just walk in and see if they'll allow you to climb up to the Trig. Luckily, the blokes at the workshop were quite amenable as long as I promised to be careful. The pillar itself has been toppled from the defensive wall and now lies on a grassy slope above MicronAir's workshop. Great views of Sandown Bay and across the Solent to Portsmouth from the high walls. Oddly, there's also a small herd of black goats that roam around inside the fort walls, presumably employed to keep the grass short.

Bembridge Fort Pillar RIP
Surface Block, Goats & Sandown Bay

Not Logged 29th Jun 2021  09:43  by Wildfell

FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Not Logged  Score: 5/10

Inaccessible 26th Mar 2020  11:38  by Wilkes12

Gridref: SZ 62326 86133   FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Inaccessible  Score: 6/10


Toppled 17th Sep 2019  15:57  by DeniseMc

FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Toppled  Score: 5/10

Accessed with support from volunteer at the end of interesting guided tour of Bembridge Fort £4.50 fir non NT members . We saw the toppled, overgrown trig, no brass work remains and ascended the grassy banks of the ‘ store’ on which trig was located. The concrete plinth remains and there’s a small brass dome in its centre, maybe 7 cm diameter and 2.5 cm high with tiny central indent. Great views!

Toppled 17th Sep 2019  15:20  by RichardM

Gridref: SZ 62396 86118   FB Number: NO FB  Condition: Toppled  Score: 5/10

On a tuesday 14:00 NT visit. An interesting 2hr tour of the old fort which includes the upper walls with great views and chance to visit the toppled trig pillar. ( I got the impression the tour doesn't include the upper walls in wet and windy weather) Very sad state with all brasswork removed and only just visible under the encroaching vegetation.

Inaccessible 18th May 2019  00:00  by bwm

FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Inaccessible  Score: 5/10

Toppled 5th Jun 2018  09:30  by CornishCacher

FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Toppled  Score: 5/10

Toppled 12th Apr 2016  15:15  by Chris9870

FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Toppled  Score: 5/10

Did the National Trust tour just to get in the find this one. Very sad to find it in such a bad way, on its side. At least it is still here.

Toppled 14th Apr 2015  15:06  by jonglew

Gridref: SZ 62395 86121   FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Toppled  Score: 7/10

One of the Palmerston Follies, completed 1867, built to fortify against a perceived Fench invasion that never happened. Fort is a Scheduled Ancient Monument. On one of the NT's guided tours. NT lease part of the fort to Micron, a manufacturer of crop spraying equipment. It may be possible to blag access during normal working hours. Toppled pillar, with FB and spider gone, looking quite forlorn to one side of a magazine house near enough at the northernmost point of the fort. It's original base, on top of the magazine house, is now a Surface Block.

Pillar TP8116©jonglew
Where is the FB TP8116©jonglew
Where is the Spider TP8116©jonglew

Couldn't find it 26th Dec 2014  10:59  by Trigger

FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Couldn't find it  Score: 5/10


Toppled 10th Jun 2014  15:00  by slateloose

Gridref: SZ 62300 86100   FB Number: N/A  Condition: Toppled  Score: 8/10

Visited the fort on guided tour and bagged the trig. It's been in battle and it didn't win.

Toppled 15th May 2014  09:33  by Griefmiester

Gridref: SZ 62396 86119   FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Toppled  Score: 8/10

Visited after making appointment the day before by ringing MicronAir, was advised "I wouldn't usually do this". Great location pillar is toppled and lying a few away from its original location. Views all around. Glad to of been able to get to see this one.

PIllar Toppled/Moved
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FB location
From whence it came. From whence it came.

Inaccessible 30th Jun 2013  18:07  by CJO

FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Inaccessible  Score: 5/10

Great location. Access only on tuesday pm by appointment april to october. (Today is Sunday) Oceana sailed down the Solent providing a superb backdrop.

Bembridge Fort no access, across the bridge or across the moat
Bembridge Fort view across the solent.

Toppled 31st Jul 2012  15:34  by asbown

FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Toppled  Score: 6/10

Booked on a tour of the fort,very enjoyable,this one completes all the pillars and was the last of 3 great days on the isle,half the fort is being used as a factory again so pretty sure you could turn up and try your luck in working hours,work beckons so it's back to the grind and planning the next trip.

Toppled 26th Jul 2012  00:00  by caroleengel

Gridref: SZ 62393 86126   FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Toppled  Score: 5/10

Restricted access. Telephoned 01983 741020 and spoke to Heather who very kindly allowed me to visit that day, prior to a private guided tour. Once over drawbridge, half left and up steps, to wooden gate with rope closure, top steps right, pass buildings on left and at end, turn left - pillar on ground round corner. Bolt on hillock to left

Couldn't find it 13th Feb 2012  10:30  by arranc

FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Couldn't find it  Score: 2/10

Toppled 17th May 2011  14:00  by rowleybirkin

FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Toppled  Score: 5/10

Pleased to see that the confusion re. the two trigs on this site has been resolved.On our visit I was unaware that there was more than one here and saw the pillar only. Access is not a problem on an official guided tour or possibly, permission at the gate during working hours. Outside of these times access would be impossible or at best, extremely hazardous. It would be hoped that the National Trust would re-instate the pillar but considering the sorry state of same and their contempt for other pillars in their care, this is very unlikely. The guided tour of Bembridge Fort is well worth the £3.50 p.p. Richard is a very knowledgeable and helpful guide as I would imagine, are his colleagues.

Toppled 20th Apr 2010  15:00  by peregrinus

FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Toppled  Score: 7/10

FB and spider gone. As of 2010, National Trust tours of Bembridge Fort are on 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the months starting on 20th April 2010. I visited Tue pm 20/4/10 - interesting guided tour. For details see my (and others') TP0751 log.

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