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Fort Brockhurst, Gosport, Hampshire

(50°49′8″N, 1°9′24″W)
Fort Brockhurst, Gosport
SU 595 025
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Hampshire
now Hampshire
  • Kathryn Morrison

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Feature Sets

Numerous carved stones were excavated at Battle Abbey by Sir Harold Brakspear in the 1930s and John Hare in 1978-80, including 20 fragments of Romanesque sculpture. These fragments are now distributed between the English Heritage stone stores at Fort Brockhurst, Fort Cumberland, Dover Castle, and a display in Battle Abbey gatehouse, but only 12 could be located for the Corpus, including one chevron voussoir at Fort Brockhurst. It is possible that other carved fragments are stored at Fort Brockhurst, where the quantity and weight of the material made it impossible to examine everything.

See also: Battle Abbey (Sussex), Dover Castle (Kent), Fort Cumberland (Hants).


See: Battle Abbey.


Loose Sculpture


In all, three chevron voussoirs are known to have been found at Battle Abbey although only two have been found in English Heritage collections, one at Dover and the other at Fort Brockhurst. It is not certain whether the Fort Brockhurst voussoir was the one found by Brakspear in the 1930s, or one of the two discovered by Hare in the 1970s, but it is most likely to have been found in the 1970s. The location in which it was found is not known, but it had probably been reused. Its large size indicates that it came from a substantial arch, possibly a main arcade or large doorway. It seems too large to have come from a cloister arcade.


Unpublished (not illustrated in Hare's Battle Abbey report).