Dorset’s Castles and Fortifications


Dorset has a splendid variety of fortifications from Iron Age hillforts, through Roman and later Anglo-Saxon defences to the introduction of castles by the Norman conquerors..  The county has good examples of Tudor coastal forts, fortified manors, extensive 19th and 20th century naval fortifications and luxury homes built as “castles”.  Fortifications developed to meet changing needs and changing conditions of warfare – the introduction of gunpowder was of outstanding importance.  As well as placing Dorset’s fortifications in their historical context, this book gives practical details on sites to visit, including locations.

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