Landguard Heritage Landscape

WW2 defences at Landguard © David Gill

The Victorian Landguard Fort stands in the middle of rich heritage landscape that marks the defence of this strategic area around (and opposite) the port of Harwich during the Second World War.

In the foreground is the base for mounting a searchlight, and behind it a pillbox. To the rear of the image, on the perimeter of the fort, are the two control towers located at Darrell’s Battery.

These features form part of the Landguard Nature Reserve.

WW2 defences at Landguard © David Gill

For details of WW2 archaeology in Suffolk.

VE Day 75: Landguard

Landguard Fort © David Gill

The 8th May 2020 marks 75 years since the end of fighting in Europe (VE Day). The towers on Darell’s Battery at Landguard Fort, opposite Harwich, were constructed in 1939–40 to direct guns (twin 6-pounders) defending this strategic port.

Landguard: coastal heritage award

Landguard Fort © David Gill

Landguard point, with its rich heritage and a major bird observatory, is to received a coastal heritage award (“Coastal heritage sites to get £3m cash boost“, BBC News 11 December 2015). It is one of 77 coastal locations to receive funding.

The Department for Communities and Local Government issued a press release (“Seventy-seven projects to receive £3 million coastal revival funding“, 11 December 2015).

“Discover Landguard” has received £27,900:

Discover Landguard is an exciting project that seeks to develop an enhanced heritage offer on the Landguard Peninsula which encompasses the regional heritage assets of Landguard Fort, Felixstowe Museum and a SSSI Nature Reserve.

Landguard Barracks

Landguard_3967During our tour of Landguard Fort we were allowed to have access to the upper levels. These provided amazing views across the barracks (officers above, men below) towards the Port of Felixstowe container port. The channel for ships entering (or leaving) Harwich brings vessels close to the walls (and guns) of Landguard (note the position of the Stena Line ferry). The large arches on the left of the picture are the gun casemates, positioned to dominate the harbour mouth.

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Simon Thurley at Landguard Fort © David Gill

Professor David Gill, Director of Heritage Futures, joined Simon Thurley of English Heritage, the staff of Landguard Fort and the Landguard Partnership for a tour of the fort and the Felixstowe Museum. There are wonderful views over the estuary to Harwich and the adjacent Felixstowe container port, and up the coast to the now lost location of the Roman Saxon Shore Fort (Walton Castle).

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