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World War Two coastal fort on sale to anyone willing to splash out £2m

December 22nd, 2015

The end result should see the unique property that has stunning sea views double in value.

“The new home will have a dramatic coastal view couple with the peace and serenity of living in such a private location.”

Estate agent

The fort was built as a gun battery for the Guernsey Militia to defend the Channel Island against an invasion threatened by Emperor Napoleon in the 18th century but thankfully wasn’t deployed.

Fort Richmond, a former gun battery on Guernsey, is up for sale after laying empty for more than 30 years

Ironically, the only time guns were fired in anger was in the Second World War when the Germans occupied the Islands and used the fort to defend themselves against the British.

After the war it was leased to a surf club and then to a Christian youth group for its headquarters before being left empty and neglected.

Seven years ago the site was identified by the government as one of its vacant properties that could now be sold off.

War and peace on Guernsey

Since then plans have been drawn up and submitted to the States of Guernsey planning authority to convert it into a luxury home.

And after securing consent the value of the property shot up and is now being offered for sale for the first time.

The coastal site that overlooks picturesque Vazon Bay covers two acres.

Fort Richmond, a former gun battery on Guernsey, is up for sale after laying empty for more than 30 years

The new home will be spread over three floors and have a master bedroom with two en-suites, a sitting room and a dressing room as well as four more en-suite bedrooms.

There will be a wine cellar, office and a huge atrium in the middle of it.

Ross Le Marquand, of estate agents Cooper Brouard, said: “This is the first time Fort Richmond has been given consent to transform it from military to domestic use.

“It was built when England was worried about a Napoleon invasion from France but was not put into significant use.

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“In the Second World War Winston Churchill took a decision not to defend the Channel Islands from the Germans and as a result the fort became part of Hitler’s Atlantic Wall defence.

“It can now be offered for sale with planning permission in place which means that whoever buys it can do so in the certainty that they will be allowed to begin the conversion.

“The new home will have a dramatic coastal view couple with the peace and serenity of living in such a private location.”


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Goering, Goering, gone: Nazi heavyweight’s uniform for sale at £85k

April 10th, 2015

John Cabello, of Devon-Parade Antiques, Plymouth, where the uniform is being sold, said: “Goering was hugely overweight and had a tendency to perspire a lot. That would explain the profusion of sweat in the tunic.

“He also had a habit when he used to walk around talking to people of putting his left hand into his left pocket. Because of this the wear on the left pocket is substantially more than the right.”

Mr Cabello bought the item at auction from a Swiss collector.

The outfit was made by the Viennese tailor, Tiller, who was known to have made uniforms for the Nazis during the war.

Although the tailoring of dove grey blue ensemble is very good, the materials used are of remarkably lower quality when compared to the uniforms worn by Nazi officers at the beginning of the war.

Mr Cabello, from Plymouth, Devon, said: “As the war progressed, it got harder to get materials and quality everywhere went down.

“There was also an effort by Goering to appear less grand during the latter part of the war. This is because as he was going around meeting the population, if he looks like he is living in opulence when they are in poverty it would not go down well.”

The uniform is being sold as a set which includes the original tunic, trousers and braces worn by Goering as well as a replica peaked cap and an original Nazi general’s belt that would not have been owned by the Nazi commander.

It is being sold by Parade Antiques in Plymouth, Devon.

Goering committed suicide in October 1946 the night before he was to have been hanged.


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