South West Wales

Victorian fort in Pembrokeshire opens doors to public

fort Image copyright Chapel Bay Fort and Museum
Image caption Aerial view of Chapel Bay Fort, Angle, South Pembrokeshire

A Victorian fort and museum in Pembrokeshire is opening to the public for the first time and is appealing for volunteers to help run it.

Chapel Bay Fort and Museum at Angle will open on 3 April after years of restoration work.

The coast artillery fort was completed in 1891 and is the earliest known fort in the world constructed in concrete.

Twelve Victorian forts were built in the 19th Century to defend the Milford Haven Waterway.

On display will be the biggest gun and shell in Wales; a 25-pounder gun howitzer, a 5.5 inch gun and a 10 inch, 18 ton rifled muzzle loading gun.

There will also be displays on World War One, bomb disposal, artillery, small arms, the telephone exchange and the Royal Artillery forge and workshop.

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Image caption Gunners manning one of the guns at Chapel Bay Fort during World War One
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Image caption One of the Chapel Bay Fort's buildings after the restoration work

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