Calshot Castle: The Later History of a Tudor Fortress, 1793–1945
Author: Coad, Jonathan
Source: English Heritage Historical Review, Volume 1, 2006 , pp. 103-113(11)
Publisher: Maney Publishing
Abstract:Calshot Castle, at the end of Southampton Water, was one of Henry VIII's distinctive coastal forts, and its history as such is well known. In the 17th and 18th centuries it became almost obsolete. But from 1793 to the end of the Second World War coastal defence was once more a priority, and Calshot acquired renewed importance. This article describes the ways in which it was adapted to modern tactics, with quick-firing guns, searchlights, a boom across Southampton Water, a flying-boat station and a battery disguised as a seaside bungalow.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2006-06-01