Brean Down Fort
was built above sea level on the headland at Brean Down
, south of Weston-super-Mare
The site has a long history, because of its prominent position. The earliest recorded settlement is from the Early to Middle Bronze Age
The current buildings were construicted in the 1860s as one of the Palmerston Forts
to provide protection to the ports of the Bristol Channel
, and was decommissioned in 1901. During World War II
it was rearmed and used for experimental weapons testing.
The site has been owned by the National Trust
since 2002, following a £431,000 renovation project, as part of its Brean Down property and is open to the public.
The fort was used as a location for filming of the second episode, "Warriors", of the BBC
television drama Bonekickers
Bronze Age to Roman
The earliest record settlement is from the Early to Middle Bronze Age
. It is now on an exposed cliff as the land has been eroded by the sea. Bronze Age artefacts from the site include pottery and jewellery. Most of the finds are now in the Museum of Somerset
The site has also produced Roman gold and silver coins of the emperors Augustus
and a cornelian ring.
Brean Down Fort forms part of a line of defences
, known as Palmerston Forts
, built across the channel to... Read More