Henry VIII's Coastal Defences 

This is an on-going project for me to photograph the South Coast defences put in place by Henry VIII between 1539 and 1547 after the break with Rome in 1535.

The forts, blockhouses, batteries and earthworks were put in place to reinforce the scatter of castles that had been built along the coast since Roman times. Construction was extremely swift, no fort taking much more than a year to complete.

The timely sacking of the monasteries provided a ready  supply of pre-finished stonework for the walls.