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Nettlestone point

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Nettlesheigh fort

In the civil parish of Nettlestone and Seaview.
In the historic county of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
Modern Authority of Isle of Wight.
1974 county of Isle of Wight.
Medieval County of Hampshire, Isle of Wight.

OS Map Grid Reference: SZ629917
Latitude 50.72153° Longitude -1.11029°

Nettlestone point has been described as a probable Artillery Fort.

There are no visible remains.


A fortification was built at St Helens some time between 1539 and 1552. Its cost and design are unknown, but it may have been the small earthen fort in which the French took refuge on 21 July 1545. It was possibly situated at Nettlestone point (SZ 629917), where an 'old fort' is marked on John Haywood's map prefaced to Worsley, History of the Isle of Wight, 1781 but Horestone Point (SZ 634907) or Node's Point (SZ 638900) seem more likely sites. (HKW)
The tradition of a fort at Nettlestone Point, now the town of Sea View, dating from the reign of Henry VIII is echoed in local building names of the former "Old Fort House" and the present "Old Fort" public house. (PastScape)

The Nettlestone fort is clearly marked on a map of c. 1570, commissioned by Lord Burghley. It is believed to have been made by John Rudd, a vicar who also became a skilled cartographer (BL Royal MS. 18. D.III, f.18). The fort is circular in shape and seems to be made up of curved sections, suggesting the masonry of a small, round stone tower. This may be seen as a smaller version of round, stone artillery platforms such as the Round Tower at Portsmouth or Cromwell's Castle, Tresco. It may even be in the tradition of a locally built stone tower, such as Worsley's Tower (Rob Martin 2006)

May be the site of the petit fort ... avoyent quelque artillerie mentioned in an account of a raid on the island by the French in 1545.
There is a strong local tradition that the Sea View Yacht Club building is built on the walls of a large round tower (larger than Martin seems to suggest). These walls are of irregular shaped stones only in general courses quite unlike surviving Henrician forts which all have regular squared stones in regular courses. On the current balance of evidence Gatehouse does not believe these walls to be those of a 16th century building of any form.
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