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Fort Paull

East Yorkshire
53° 42′ 48.1″ N, 0° 13′ 46.02″ W

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Fort Paull is a battery located on the north bank of the Humber river close to the village of Paul, near Hull, East Yorkshire.

Paull has been selected as a location for various batteries since King Henry VIII. King Charles I constructed earthworks during the siege of Hull. During the Napoleonic Wars, various batteries were constructed along the banks of the Humber, including Spurn Point and one at Paull.

Fort Paull was built on the recommendations of the Royal Commission in 1861. It was completed in 1864 and is one of the Palmerston Forts built around the country. It was armed with nineteen 64 pounder RML artillery guns but the original emplacements were virtually destroyed in 1894 by concrete emplacements for three disappearing guns and two quick firing guns were built. Search lights were installed in 1907.

During the First World War the battery was used as a training base as two new forts were built down river. The fort was used as a magazine serving the Russian Convoys and as a degaussing station.

In 1960, the fort was closed. A group of volunteers, The Friends of Fort Paull, acquired the site in 1964. They began the restore the fort with the aim to turn it into a heritage museum, this opened in 2000. The exhibits include waxwork figures, various artillery and aircraft. It also has the last remaining complete Blackburn Beverley heavy transport aircraft.