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Fortifications Collection

"From ancient hill forts to majestic castles, fortifications stand as testaments of strength and history

Background imageFortifications Collection: WW1 - Trench map from a soldiers war diary showing the Somme Battlefield with

WW1 - Trench map from a soldiers war diary showing the Somme Battlefield with information gleaned from captured German Prisoners

Background imageFortifications Collection: Lucca, Italy

Lucca, Italy
A bird s-eye view town of Lucca in Tuscany showing the fortified walls and street plan

Background imageFortifications Collection: Ramparts of the prehistoric hill fort on Hambledon Hill above the Blackmore Vale

Ramparts of the prehistoric hill fort on Hambledon Hill above the Blackmore Vale, Dorset, England, UK, September 2015

Background imageFortifications Collection: Polruan, Lanteglos by Fowey Cornwall. 1904

Polruan, Lanteglos by Fowey Cornwall. 1904
This view of Polruan was taken from the window of Fowey Hotel and shows the village on the hillside with the Fowey Estuary in the foreground. A small sailing boat is amongst the vessels on the river

Background imageFortifications Collection: Rochester Castle, Kent (engraving)

Rochester Castle, Kent (engraving)
1057957 Rochester Castle, Kent (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Rochester Castle, Kent)

Background imageFortifications Collection: North Berwick, on the Firth of Forth (engraving)

North Berwick, on the Firth of Forth (engraving)
1595369 North Berwick, on the Firth of Forth (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: North Berwick, on the Firth of Forth)

Background imageFortifications Collection: UK, England, Northumberland, Embleton Bay, Embleton Bay Beach, Dunstanburgh Castle

UK, England, Northumberland, Embleton Bay, Embleton Bay Beach, Dunstanburgh Castle

Background imageFortifications Collection: Youghal Clock Gate

Youghal Clock Gate
The famous Youghal Clock Gate, in the seaport of Youghal, County Cork, Ireland, was built in 1777 on the site of Trinity Castle, part of the towns fortifications. Date: 18th century

Background imageFortifications Collection: Hedingham Castle, Essex, engraved by John Carr Armytage, 1832 (engraving)

Hedingham Castle, Essex, engraved by John Carr Armytage, 1832 (engraving)
XJF451336 Hedingham Castle, Essex, engraved by John Carr Armytage, 1832 (engraving) by Bartlett, William Henry (1809-54) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Norman motte and bailey castle)

Background imageFortifications Collection: Direction finding tower MP2, La Corbiere, Jersey, May 1945

Direction finding tower MP2, La Corbiere, Jersey, May 1945
A view of a German concrete watch tower on the coast of Jersey

Background imageFortifications Collection: First English Civil War: Siege of Lathom House, 1644

First English Civil War: Siege of Lathom House, 1644
Royalist stronghold Lathom House in Lancashire defies Parlimentarian pressure and raises the royal standard. The ensuing siege lasted three months, but was eventually lifted

Background imageFortifications Collection: Malcesine, Lake Garda, Italy

Malcesine, Lake Garda, Italy
On a little headland of the Veronese side of Lake Garda, Italy, on the slopes of Mount Baldo, Malcesine was built around a fortress which belonged to the Veronese Della Scalas. Date: circa 1910s

Background imageFortifications Collection: Edinburgh from Calton Hill, c1870

Edinburgh from Calton Hill, c1870. From " Picturesque Europe - The British Isles, Vol. I". [Cassell, Petter & Galpin, London, c1870]

Background imageFortifications Collection: View of motte and bailey castle on limestone outcrop, Clitheroe Castle, Clitheroe, Lancashire

View of motte and bailey castle on limestone outcrop, Clitheroe Castle, Clitheroe, Lancashire, England, august

Background imageFortifications Collection: Sinop - Turkey

Sinop - Turkey
Sinop is a city Ince Burun (Cape Ince), by its Cape Sinop (Sinop Burnu, Boztepe Cape, Boztepe Burnu) which is situated on the most northern edge of the Turkish side of Black Sea coast

Background imageFortifications Collection: France / Strasbourg 1590

France / Strasbourg 1590
A view of the ancient walled city of Strasbourg and surrounding countryside as it looked at the end of the 16th century

Background imageFortifications Collection: Festivities at Beeston Castle (engraving)

Festivities at Beeston Castle (engraving)
1102027 Festivities at Beeston Castle (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Festivities at Beeston Castle)

Background imageFortifications Collection: Tunbridge Castle in the County of Kent, from Edward Hasted s, The History and... 1777-90

Tunbridge Castle in the County of Kent, from Edward Hasted s, The History and... 1777-90
Tunbridge Castle in the County of Kent, from Edward Hasted s, The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent, vols. 1-3, 1777-90

Background imageFortifications Collection: A Cricket Match at Christchurch Priory, Hampshire, 1850, (1947). Creator: Unknown

A Cricket Match at Christchurch Priory, Hampshire, 1850, (1947). Creator: Unknown
A Cricket Match at Christchurch Priory, Hampshire, 1850, (1947). Spectators watching a match on Stanpit Marsh outside the town of Christchurch, (now in Dorset)

Background imageFortifications Collection: Submission of Henry IV. At Canossa, (1077), 1890. Creator: Unknown

Submission of Henry IV. At Canossa, (1077), 1890. Creator: Unknown
Submission of Henry IV. At Canossa, (1077), 1890. Henry IV (1050-1106) King German King and Holy Roman Emperor, after being excommunicated

Background imageFortifications Collection: Corfe Castle at sunrise, Corfe, Dorset, England, UK

Corfe Castle at sunrise, Corfe, Dorset, England, UK

Background imageFortifications Collection: Paphos Castle and Harbour, Paphos, Cyprus, Eastern Mediterranean Sea

Paphos Castle and Harbour, Paphos, Cyprus, Eastern Mediterranean Sea

Background imageFortifications Collection: Buchanan Castle, East Front, 1933. Creator: Unknown

Buchanan Castle, East Front, 1933. Creator: Unknown
Buchanan Castle, East Front, 1933. View of Buchanan Castle, a country house in Stirlingshire, Scotland. It was built in the mid 19th century as a home for the Montrose family

Background imageFortifications Collection: American soldiers from Company E, 358th Infantry, 90th Division

American soldiers from Company E, 358th Infantry, 90th Division, move through the concrete Dragons Teeth of Siegfried line near Habscheid, Germany, as they move up to the front. 12th February 1945

Background imageFortifications Collection: View of Richmond, Yorkshire, England, 1788. Creator: George Cuit

View of Richmond, Yorkshire, England, 1788. Creator: George Cuit
View of Richmond, Yorkshire, England, 1788

Background imageFortifications Collection: EyeUbiquitous_20121071

EyeUbiquitous_20121071
Northern Ireland, County Derry, The Guild Hall, view from the citys 17th century walls with a cannon in the foreground

Background imageFortifications Collection: Overlooking the historic town of Begur with the remains of the castle of Begur, Costa Brava

Overlooking the historic town of Begur with the remains of the castle of Begur, Costa Brava, Spain, Iberian Peninsula, Europe

Background imageFortifications Collection: Beech and Oak (Frontispiece), from The Park and the Forest, 1841

Beech and Oak (Frontispiece), from The Park and the Forest, 1841

Background imageFortifications Collection: Thurso Castle, Caithness, the Seat of Sir John Sinclair, Baronet (b / w photo)

Thurso Castle, Caithness, the Seat of Sir John Sinclair, Baronet (b / w photo)
1597740 Thurso Castle, Caithness, the Seat of Sir John Sinclair, Baronet (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Thurso Castle, Caithness)

Background imageFortifications Collection: View from the Citadel Ramparts in Copenhagen by Moonlight, 1839. Creator: Martinus Rorbye

View from the Citadel Ramparts in Copenhagen by Moonlight, 1839. Creator: Martinus Rorbye
View from the Citadel Ramparts in Copenhagen by Moonlight, 1839

Background imageFortifications Collection: Serbia, Belgrade, View from Belgrade Fortress of Lower Town - Carl VI Gate, Nebojsa tower

Serbia, Belgrade, View from Belgrade Fortress of Lower Town - Carl VI Gate, Nebojsa tower and Danube River

Background imageFortifications Collection: The Boat Lined Venetian Harbour and Fortress, Heraklion, Crete, Greek Islands, Greece

The Boat Lined Venetian Harbour and Fortress, Heraklion, Crete, Greek Islands, Greece, Europe

Background imageFortifications Collection: Danejohn Hill, Canterbury, Kent, 1829. Creator: James Baylis Allen

Danejohn Hill, Canterbury, Kent, 1829. Creator: James Baylis Allen
Danejohn Hill, Canterbury, Kent, 1829. The Dane John Mound, a former Roman cemetery, was converted into a motte-and-bailey castle in the 11th century

Background imageFortifications Collection: Damascus Gate, Jerusalem, 1857 (b / w photo)

Damascus Gate, Jerusalem, 1857 (b / w photo)
XJF412204 Damascus Gate, Jerusalem, 1857 (b/w photo) by Robertson, James (1813-88) & Beato, Felice (1832-1909); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageFortifications Collection: Residential buildings of medieval castle converted into country house

Residential buildings of medieval castle converted into country house, beside river with watermill and weir, Warwick Castle, River Avon, Warwick, Warwickshire, England, August

Background imageFortifications Collection: Martello Tower, Corsica

Martello Tower, Corsica Date: 1809

Background imageFortifications Collection: View of partially ruined castle, Ludlow Castle, Ludlow, Shropshire, England, september

View of partially ruined castle, Ludlow Castle, Ludlow, Shropshire, England, september

Background imageFortifications Collection: Ankara - Turkey

Ankara - Turkey
Ankara. The capital city and administrative centre of Turkey, located in Central Anatolia. Established before 1200BC by the Hittites

Background imageFortifications Collection: Siege of Paris - Aerial

Siege of Paris - Aerial
THE SIEGE OF PARIS An aerial view from the south, showing the French defences surrounding the city, including several outlying forts

Background imageFortifications Collection: Mont St Michel / Card 1

Mont St Michel / Card 1
A general view showing the fortifications

Background imageFortifications Collection: Roman legionaries in armour building fortifications

Roman legionaries in armour building fortifications. One cuts wood with an axe, other bring lime in baskets, stones and timbers. From Trajans Column. Fortificazioni

Background imageFortifications Collection: Front view of the Storehouse at Rorkes Drift, Buffalo River, c. 1879 (b / w photo)

Front view of the Storehouse at Rorkes Drift, Buffalo River, c. 1879 (b / w photo)
NAM254154 Front view of the Storehouse at Rorkes Drift, Buffalo River, c.1879 (b/w photo) by Lloyd, James (fl.1870s); National Army Museum

Background imageFortifications Collection: Ruins of Pontefract Castle (engraving)

Ruins of Pontefract Castle (engraving)
1101795 Ruins of Pontefract Castle (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Ruins of Pontefract Castle)

Background imageFortifications Collection: Anhing

Anhing
2905667 Anhing by Nieuhof, Johannes (1618-1672) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: View of Anhing city in China, with a fortified wall)

Background imageFortifications Collection: Sketches in Roundhay Park, Leeds, opened this Week by Prince Arthur (engraving)

Sketches in Roundhay Park, Leeds, opened this Week by Prince Arthur (engraving)
1588900 Sketches in Roundhay Park, Leeds, opened this Week by Prince Arthur (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Sketches in Roundhay Park, Leeds)

Background imageFortifications Collection: Horticultural Grand Fete in Chepstow Castle (engraving)

Horticultural Grand Fete in Chepstow Castle (engraving)
1101954 Horticultural Grand Fete in Chepstow Castle (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Horticultural Grand Fete in Chepstow Castle)

Background imageFortifications Collection: The Char-a-banc presented to Her Majesty by the King of the French, 1844

The Char-a-banc presented to Her Majesty by the King of the French, 1844. Queen Victoria and King Louis Philippe of France ride from the Queens Entrance at Windsor Castle to Twickenham



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"From ancient hill forts to majestic castles, fortifications stand as testaments of strength and history. The ramparts of the prehistoric hill fort on Hambledon Hill above the Blackmore Vale whisper tales of a time long gone. In Lucca, Italy, the fortified walls encircle the city like a protective embrace, preserving its medieval charm. In Northumberland, England, Embleton Bay Beach offers a breathtaking view of Dunstanburgh Castle's imposing ruins. The Youghal Clock Gate in Ireland stands tall with its fortified structure, reminding us of bygone eras. Traveling to Cornwall takes us to Polruan and Lanteglos by Fowey where an enchanting fortification from 1904 still captivates visitors with its timeless beauty. Hedingham Castle in Essex transports us back to 1832 through John Carr Armytage's intricate engraving. During World War II, Direction Finding Tower MP2 in La Corbiere served as a vital stronghold against enemy forces. Meanwhile, Malcesine on Lake Garda showcases Italy's architectural prowess with its formidable fortress overlooking serene waters. Clitheroe Castle perched atop a limestone outcrop paints an awe-inspiring picture of motte and bailey castle design in Lancashire. Turning back time once more brings us to the Siege of Lathom House during the First English Civil War in 1644—a testament to resilience amidst chaos. Finally, Sinop in Turkey and Strasbourg in France bear witness to fortifications that have witnessed countless stories unfold throughout centuries. "