Introduction

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These pages aim to provide a gazetteer for visiting the fortifications of Britain. They try to be complimentary with Ted Monk's excellent Castles on the Web, and will mainly cover the period from Tudor times until the start of W.W.I where use of artillery against surface targets dominated military architecture. My interest lies in brick and stone rather than concrete, so my coverage of WWI and II sites is limited, and you might look at the Defence of Britain site for them. For the Cold War see the Research Study Group site or David Farrant's site

To avoid duplicating information, I will point to as many external references as possible, though the paucity of material is what triggered me to set up the site. (For the many external links, the more detailed ones should come up full page, the smaller ones within my frame system)

The pages are organized by location, with sections on the Solent, SE England, the Thames and Medway, East Anglia, Scotland,Northern Ireland, The Southwest, the Channel Islands and the rest of the UK.

I've also produced a brief history of events and their consequences, and some references to fortifications abroad, together with a brief bibliography and listed a few of the fortification societies around. If curious about the evolution of the bastioned fortification, look at the first part of Jock Hamilton Baillie's guide to the Chatham Defences.

Have a look at the online Geometry of War exhibition at the Museum of the History of Science, Oxford.

Why not go on a Battle Tour or find out about Trebuchets

To appreciate what the coastal forts were up against, look at these Pre-Dreadnaughts or this site discussing Navies in Transition

For a glossary of the terms used, have a look at Stephen Wyley's extensive Dictionary of Military Architecture.

There is a nice variety of 19th century fortification and artillery information at Bob Cordery's Victorial Military Miscellany

A variety of new museums have opened in the last few years: Firepower is the Royal Artillery's new museum in Woolwich, Explosion! is at the Naval Armamanent Depot at Priddy's Hard, Gosport, and the Royal Gunpowder Mills at Waltham Abbey describes 300 years of explosives making.

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