Fort on Rat Island, Gosport, holds unsolved mysteries

Fort James on Burrow Island as Colin M. Baxter thinks it may have looked like.

Fort James on Burrow Island as Colin M. Baxter thinks it may have looked like.

Before culverts were installed the Lavant used to run through Havant town centre. Here is a 1914 view along West Street.

Rising of the winter streams which causes havoc in villages

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I wonder how many of you know of Burrow Island, a small tidal island off Gosport near Priddy’s Hard.

It is locally called Rat Island.

It once had a fort built on it named Fort James which was a basic square tower standing some 19ft tall.

I would imagine it was built as part of Portsmouth’s defences.

It was eventually allowed to decay and was demolished in 1827.

The island was once used as a burial ground for convicts and several skeletons were unearthed earlier this year.

Colin M Baxter, the maritime artist, has been researching the island’s history and asks if anyone knows if there were defences located on it during the Second World War?

If anyone knows anything about the island do let me know.

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