9 things you might not know about the Solent forts

Spitbank Fort. Picture: Shaun Roster
Spitbank Fort. Picture: Shaun Roster
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Mike Clare

Who is Mike Clare, the man selling three Solent Forts?

As the home of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth has one of the most intriguing histories of British cities. The defence of the area has long been seen as key to the country – as the Victorian forts dotted around the city show.

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Although their tales are widely known, here are a few facts which you might not know about their history.