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No Man's Land Fort
Solent, England
No Mans Land Fort Geograph 1263735 87977ef9
No Man's Land Fort
Type Fort
Coordinates Latitude: 50.7399
Longitude: -1.0952
Built 1867-1880
Open to
the public

No Man's Land Fort was a fort built in the Solent as part of the Palmerston Forts. It is 2.2 kilometres (1.4 mi)[1] off the coast of the Isle of Wight and was built in the years 1867 to 1880 to protect Portsmouth. It was built at a cost of £462,500 which, adjusted for inflation, is equivalent to £43,391,356 at 2010 prices.

No Man's Land Fort is almost identical to Horse Sand Fort. It has been used as a luxury home/hospitality centre for high-paying guests – due to the privacy it offers – with an indoor swimming pool and two helipads. In July 2004, Legionella bacteria found in the hotel's water system forced its closure.[2] The Fort was put up for sale in 2005 and again in 2007, but the company collapsed.[3][4][5] In March 2008, Harmesh Pooni, claiming to still be the owner, barricaded himself inside the fort in protest against the administrators KPMG.[6]

The property was eventually sold by KPMG, who repossessed the fort as acting administrators of property finance company Lexi Holdings from Mr Pooni, for £910,000 in March 2009.[7] In March 2012, it was purchased by Clarenco (who also own Spitbank Fort and Horse Sand Fort) with the intention of refurbishing it as a hotel.[8]

The 1972 Doctor Who serial The Sea Devils used the fort as a filming location for several scenes.

Other sea forts include Spitbank Fort, St Helens Fort and Horse Sand Fort.


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