“Winter will pass, spring will come again, and then you won’t be here any
more, you’ll be pulled down. How much these walls have seen…”
Lumps Fort now forms part of Southsea Rose Garden. The “current” fort was built in the mid-to-late 1800s, but it has been a fortification since at least as far back as 1805, possibly dating back centuries. The fort’s main claim to fame was serving as the training facility for Operation Frankton, where, in 1942, a team of Royal Marines executed a commando raid on the German-occupied port of Bordeaux. Not that any of this is immediately obvious…
But it does feed my obsession for doors and brickwork….
Chemical dust and rust it is then.