Fort George

Guernsey
Posted on January 25, 2024 / 3
Listing Type : Coastal Fort
Location : Channel Islands

Fort George was the principal fortification in Guernsey and building began in 1780 but it took many years to complete.

The centre of the fortification was a star fort that has now been completely destroyed, although some underground parts may survive. There were a number of batteries built around Fort George, often with their own local defence.  In 1833 the complex mount a total of thirty four smooth bore guns, a carronade and four mortars.  The batteries included:

  • Charlotte Battery covering the land front.
  • Town Point Battery covering part of the anchorage.
  • Irwin Battery the principal coastal defence battery.
  • Adolphus Battery a costal defence battery.
  • Kent Battery, covering both land and sea approaches.
  • Charlotte Battery is a separate coastal defence battery situation on a spit of land immediately below Fort George.

Unfortunately, the whole area was sold off for development and much of the heritage site has been lost to luxury housing.

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