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Paull Fort

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Paull Point Battery; Pawle

In the civil parish of Paull.
In the historic county of Yorkshire.
Modern Authority of East Riding of Yorkshire.
1974 county of Humberside.
Medieval County of Yorkshire East Riding.

OS Map Grid Reference: TA16972555
Latitude 53.71327° Longitude -0.22914°

Paull Fort has been described as a probable Artillery Fort.

There are no visible remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.
This is a Grade 2 listed building protected by law*.


Rising ground SE of Paull village was an apt site for defensive works. In 1542 a battery for 12 gunners was built at Paull. Charles I was said to have inspected his forces at Paull in 1642 and a blockhouse garth was mentioned here in 1685. The battery was rebuilt on its present site in 1807 but dismantled at the end of the French Wars. It was again rebuilt on a much enlarged site in 1861-4 and armed with 19 guns. A submarine mining base, added in 1886-7, was later the site of a defensive searchlight. The battery was re-modelled in 1894 and used until World War II, when it became again a submarine mining depot and ammunition dump. It was disused in 1981. (PastScape ref. VCH 1984)

The local typography does limit the possible places for the C16 artillery position. It should be noted that the suggestion there were twelve gunners here (gunners not guns) was a letter in which this was suggested as a minimum number. This probably suggests there was less than 12 gunners and 3 or 4 pieces. The site is also described as a 'bulwark' with a beacon. This may suggest an earthwork and gabion position with some slight shelter for powder rather than a building.
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