Austin Fort, on the right of the Egg Buckland position is 800 yards from the keep and stands on the last spur of the range, 312 feet above the sea. It is constructed for an armament of 15 guns with 5 mortars and five traverses containing expense magazines. Mortar pits, each for three mortars are located at the south east and north salients. A tunnel from the east pit leads to the counterscarp galleries. The ditch is cut from rock at a slope of one-half to one, except for the north counterscarp which has an arched revetment of masonry, with a loopholed gallery communicating at each end with the gun casemates and musketry galleries which flank the ditch. The gorge wall is 30 feet high and is flanked by a two-storied guard house with two tiers of guns and musketry positions. This contains barrack accommodation for about 60 men and also has a reserve magazine. the entrance is through the centre of the guard house, but a new entrance has been forced through the gorge wall nearby on the left side.
 
The fort was occupied by the Devon and Cornwall Auxiliary Unit during WWII. In 1984 the guardhouse was converted into the Plymouth City Emergency Centre for Civil Defence. The rest of the fort now serves as workshops and storage for the City Engineer’s Department and for this purpose the parade has been covered with prefab buildings.The ramparts are heavily overgrown. the gorge ditch has been filled in for use as a car park, with part used as back gardens of nearby houses. An earthwork emplacement for five guns was constructed on a spur overlooking the Forder valley. Known as Deer Park Emplacement is is largely complete but no gun positions or expense magazines are present.
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