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Landguard Fort, Felixstowe

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On 13th July 2007, my wife and I decided to go somewhere in the area that we had not visited before. Rain was forecast, so we chose what we thought was a mostly indoor destination - Landguard Fort on the very tip of Landguard Point, at the 'end' of Felixstowe.

The forecast rain didn't appear and in fact it was a warm sunny day, which was fortunate, as quite a proportion of the audio-guided tour of the fort is outside. We both had to admit that the fort, it's preparation, the audio-guide and the range of interesting exhibits far exceeded our expectations. WELL WORTH A VISIT!

I took many more photographs than shown here but these give a flavour of some of the fort, while others remain in my private collection because you should visit Landguard Fort to find your own surprises, such as the Sally Port. What age is the fort? Defences on this site were begun in the times of King Henry VIII - the late 16th century - but the buildings that remain spans the 18th, 19th, and 20th century.

 

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88. The entrance to the inner keep, defended by a drawbridge.

 

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89. The entrance to the inner keep. Beyond, in the 18th century buildings, is the cobblers' shop (see 96).

 

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90. The entrance arch, viewed from the casemates' access balcony opposite.

 

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91. Stand by your beds, lads!

 

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92. One of the many narrow, dank passages that are part of tour - this one is in the magazine area.

 

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93. An absolutely massive gun - a 12.5" muzzle-loading rifled 38-ton gun.
There are replicas of the 800lb shells for this gun dotted all around the fort.

 

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94. If you think you've got a "dodgy old boiler" compare it with this!

 

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95. One of the wash rooms. There are showers, too!

 

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96. Hobb-nail boots, studs and cleats explained in the window of the fort's cobbler's "shop"

 

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97. A WW2 "operations room" - worth comparing with the
1990s equivalent at the Bentwaters Cold War Museum.

 

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98. A Creed telegraph tape perforator (of the type on which I learned my
keyboard skills in the 1960s!), used to create 5-unit teleprinter tape.

 

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99. Post-war defences


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