Defending Scilly
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        Paperback / softback

        Publication Date

        31 Mar 2011

        Summary

        This book celebrates the unique survival of military fortifications on the Isles of Scilly and also serves to illustrate the value and vulnerability of the whole country’s coastal heritage.
        9920282
        9920282

        Main Summary

          The Isles of Scilly are renowned for their natural beauty, wild flowers and temperate climate, but there is another reason to visit these paradise islands. Since the 16th century they have been in the frontline of this country’s military defences and successive generations of fortifications have survived in Scilly, unmatched in any other location around Britain.

          This unrivalled survival was due to the lack of pressure to develop the islands and happily because the feared enemy rarely attacked. However, there is another threat to this precious heritage, the power of the sea. William Borlase in the mid-18th century recorded how much of the islands’ history had succumbed to rising sea level, and today increasingly turbulent weather patterns may be accelerating the process of coastal erosion.

          This book celebrates the unique survival of military fortifications on the islands, but it also serves to illustrate the value and vulnerability of the whole country’s coastal heritage. Like King Canute, we cannot turn back the sea, but we can celebrate these precious survivals from the colourful history of our island nation.

          Additional Information

          Series

          Informed Conservation

          Author

          Mark Bowden
          Allan Brodie

          Publishing Status

          Active

          Size

          210mm

          Number of Illustrations

          101

          Number of Pages

          108

          ISBN

          9781848020436

          Contents

            Acknowledgements
            Foreword
            Glossary
            1. Introduction
            2. Scilly's military heritage
            The defences of Edward VI and Mary I 1547-58
            The defences of Scilly 1558-1640
            The Wars of the Three Kingdoms
            Christian Lilly's survey
            The Garrison between 1715 and 1740
            Extending the Garrison Walls in the 1740s
            A walk around the Garrison Walls - Excursus
            Napoleonic War
            The defences in the 19th century
            Defended ports
            Scilly in the First World War
            Scilly in the Second World War
            3. Scilly and the sea
            Scilly's heritage and climate change
            Conclusion
            Notes References and further reading
            Gazeteer of principal sites of interest
            Map 1 - Isles of Scilly
            Map 2 - St Mary's
            Map 3 - The Garrison on St Mary's

            Reviews

              'The text is lucid, the photographs stunning, and the maps clear and informative . . . The book is exceptional value for money.'