Chatham Counterguard

Posted on December 9, 2020 / 7
Listing Type : Defence Line
Location : Gibraltar

Originally built between 1796 and 1804 the counterguard was so high that it tended to shield guns trying to engage from the main Line Wall.  In 1841 Jones tried to remedy this by placing the guns in casemates below the level of the ramparts.  The embrasures can still be seen on the facing wall.  Although now well inland, this battery covered the main harbour area.

Chatham Counterguard armaments

1859   Return    

  • Eight 32-pdr
  • Two 8-ins Howitzer

1886 Return

  • Two 10-ins SB Howitzers
  • Two 8-ins SB 65-cwt

The counterguard has now been built over but is clearly visible.

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