11 July 2019
A Grade II listed property, built to defend the Royal Dockyard at Pembroke, is on the market with a list price of just £70,000.
The gun tower, in Pembroke Dock was built in 1851 but never fired its guns in anger. One of them remains on the gun tower at the top of the property. It was disarmed in 1882 but continued to be used as a military fortress in WWI and II. It was an observation post in WWI and manned by the RAF in World War II, when it was used as machine gun position hosting three twin Lewis guns in brick compounds.
South Pembrokeshire District Council acquired the tower from the Crown in 1975 and it was renovated in the mid-1990s, turning it into the Gun Tower Museum operated by the Pembroke Dock Museum Trust until 2017.
Access is by a long walkway, owned by the Crown which would be leased for a modest sum each year. The base of the tower is only accessible at low tide, with it being completely surrounded by water at all other times. Inside there are three levels and the walls are up to 2.7m thick in places, reaching up to 13m high. Be warned though, it needs a complete overhaul to make it suitable for living in as the lower levels are fairly damp and there’s no drainage.
The selling agent Henry Pryor commented, “Ideal perhaps for Captain Pugwash or some aspiring James Bond villain this property has what estate agents describe as bags of potential. No mains drainage means you either need a compost loo or restricted swimming around the base but there is mains water and electricity. The lucky buyer will need to get planning permission to convert it into a home but I expect that there will still be commercial ventures that would relish the chance to set up shop here. With a guide price of over £70,000 I expect that this will eventually sell for more than twice that. Someone wanting to convert it will spend two or three hundred thousand and hope to have a half million pound property at the end of it.”
If you think that can be taken with a pinch of salt, a similar fort in the Solent was turned into a nine bedroom boutique hotel and put on the market for £5 million last year.
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