THIS WEEK IN 1988: Historians dig into Portsmouth's past

Historians digging into Portsmouth's past uncovered a new vantage point for seaside strollers.

Wednesday, 23rd May 2018, 7:00 am
Updated Friday, 8th June 2018, 8:28 am

For the historic fortification, where tourists would soon be able to look out to sea, had once been a gun platform where soldiers 300 years previously kept cannons primed in case of enemy attack.

In the 1930s the platform was flattened to make way for coaches filled with day-trippers.

A team led by Portsmouth’s assistant keeper of archaeology, Russell Fox, dug out the Tarmac, prior to major restoration of Spur Redoubt.

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Mr Fox explained: ‘The platform would have been built to hold eight cannons – some facing seaward and others into land, just in case either the Dutch or French attacked.’

A plaque was to be put up at the platform explaining its significance in protecting Portsmouth.