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Old Defensible Barracks
Photograph: Strutt & Parker

Now for sale: this spectacular (and incredibly eerie) fort on the Welsh coast

It comes with a colony of wild goats – and costs less than the average London home

Written by
Ellie Muir

There are all sorts of abandoned properties across the UK, each with a different pocket of history hidden within them. But few are spectacular as this massive Victorian-era fort on the Welsh coast, which has just hit the market for £500,000.

The Old Defensible Barracks in Pembrokeshire was built around 1844, and housed the army garrison that protected nearby Pembroke dockyard. The 45,000-square-foot property is laid out in a defensive square structure, with bastions on each corner to avoid blind spots during an attack. 

A developer has already tried its hand at transforming the site, partially converting one of its wings into flats. But the rest of the structure is in need of a major revamp and a heavy dose of TLC to bring it back to a fully functioning state. In previous years, it was declared the second most endangered Victorian building in England and Wales, and is considered to be the last fort of its kind.

Well-known residents of the barracks include a load of important military officers, but more intriguingly, current residents include a colony of goats that live in the dried-out moat surrounding the fort.

Estate agents Strutt and Parker described this as ‘a rare opportunity to develop and restore a historical building of importance’. So, if you happen to have half a mill knocking around? You can find out more about the property and book a viewing here.

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