Isles of Scilly: Military Defences, 1540-1951: Earthworks and Minor Sites

Author(s): Mark Bowden

Many of the remains of military defence works on the Isles of Scilly are vulnerable to coastal erosion. These works date from the 16th to the 20th centuries and form a unique and comprehensive collection of forts, redoubts, batteries, breastworks and strong points as well as communications structures. Many of them are unfinished works, reflecting a succession of ‘stop-go’ policies for defending the islands. Comprehensive archaeological survey of these works on all the main islands was undertaken between 2008 and 2010, following more geographically restricted investigation and excavation of the Garrison, St Mary’s in 2005-6. This report summarises the work on the earthworks and minor features, complementing work on the architectural remains of the Garrison reported in RDRS 39-2011.

Report Number:
Research Department Reports
Post Medieval Survey


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