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Wuffing Education

Defending East Anglia’s Invasion Coast

Martello Tower CC, Aldeburgh [English Heritage]

with Alan Lockwood

at Tranmer House, Sutton Hoo (map)
on Saturday 17th March 2007

An exploration of the means by which East Anglia was protected against raiders and invaders from the 16th to 20th Centuries

Provisional Programme
  10.00 Coffee on arrival  
  10.15 Suffolk’s Strategic Coastline - Henry VIII’s blockhouses, earth forts, and the Dutch invasion of 1667.  
  11.15 Coffee  
  11.30 Brick Forts and Martello Towers – 18th and 19th century developments.  
  12.30 Lunch break  
  14:00 Almost Modern - Landguard’s state-of-the-art defences of the 1870’s; the Rifled Muzzle Loading Guns; the submarine mining of Harwich Harbour.  
  15:00 Tea break  
  15:15 Rearming for the 20th Century – new guns, new batteries; the end of an era.  
  16:15 Close  

About Alan Lockwood

Since retiring from a career in mechanical engineering, Alan Lockwood has furthered his life-long interest in churches, castles, and fortifications and has become a serious military historian with Felixstowe Museum and the Landguard Fort Trust. He is also a specialist in Martello Towers and in the Submarine Mining of harbours.

Some suggestions for further reading
(useful but not essential)

Baker Brown, Lieut.-Colonel W., The History of Submarine Mining in the British Army [The Royal Engineers Institute, Chatham, 1910]
Clements, W.H., Towers of Strength [Pen & Sword 1999]
Hainsworth, R., & C.Church, The Anglo-Dutch Naval Wars [Sutton 1998]
Hogg, I.V., A History of Artillery [Hamlyn 1874]
Hussey, F., Suffolk Invasion [Terence Dalton 1983]
Kent, P., Fortifications of East Anglia [Terence Dalton 1988]
Leslie, Major J.F., The History of Landguard Fort in Suffolk [Eyre & Spottiswode 1898]
Saunders, A., Fortress Britain [Beaufort 1989]
Sutcliffe, S., Martello Towers [David & Charles 1972]


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Wuffing Education,
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Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 4DX
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