Artillery Defences

Introductions to Heritage Assets

An introduction to several types of defences used in England to protect against gunpowder artillery. It covers the history and development of these sites, including prominent examples.

A summary of the academic interest in the asset type is also included which outlines the research which has been undertaken for each type of artillery defence. The vast majority of English permanent artillery defences are coastal and have direct geographical associations with the places they were designed to protect, such as river mouths, harbours, naval dockyards, and more rarely towns.


  • Summary
  • Introduction
  • Description and chronology
  • Development of the asset type
  • Associations
  • Further reading
  • Where to get advice

Additional Information

  • Series: Guidance
  • Publication Status: Completed
  • Pages: 13
  • Product Code: HEAG197


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