English Heritage invests £1 Million to preserve Hurst Castle

Conservation has started to restore a castle in Hampshire that was used up until the Second World War

A wartime look-out tower and gun emplacements at Hurst Castle is at the centre of a new £1 million conservation project.

Hurst Castle was originally built by Henry VIII in the 1540s to guard the Needles Passage - the narrow western entrance between the Isle of Wight and the mainland.

The project, which is now underway, will ensure the historic castle is preserved for future generations to enjoy. Extensive repairs will also include restoration to the searchlight positions and the roofs on top of the castle's 19th century wing batteries.

Roy Porter, English Heritage Properties Curator, said:

'Hurst Castle is a fascinating and important site. Its features show us how this strategic spot was defended from invasion from the reign of Henry VIII and in subsequent centuries right up to the Second World War.

'Whether 1940s concrete, or 16th century stonework, English Heritage is committed to the conservation of the historic buildings in our care and is investing significantly in doing so.'

Jason Crane, Hurst Marine Director, said:

'Hurst Castle is a significant British landmark in coastal defence history and one which we should celebrate and preserve. We are delighted that English Heritage has invested in improvement works to the castle to ensure the building remains structurally sound.'

Hurst Castle is run on behalf of English Heritage by Hurst Marine.

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