The Fort is well-preserved Napoleonic bastioned structure built to protect the vulnerable coastland to the east of Portsmouth, and incorporated structures from a mid-18th century predecessor with 19th century and later alterations. Seen from the air, one can appreciate Fort Cumberland’s pentagonal plan with its bastioned defences enclosing 24 acres.
This site is a Scheduled Monument now in the care of English Heritage, who has identified the main problems affecting the monument: destructive vegetation growth, defective pointing and collapsing brickwork of the historic walls. DBR Southern is now in charge of the removal of the heavy vegetation and root systems from boundary walls’ masonry and pointing. Then, the conservation and consolidation of brickwork will take place as well as substantial rebuilding of the coping. The project is scheduled of a 30 week period.