Topic 5: Fortifications

During the 1530s and 40s, Henry VIII undertook a program of fortification along Britain’s coast. However, although there were substantial fortifications built at Hull, and lesser works at King’s Lynn and Great Yarmouth, there is little evidence of Henrician fortification in Lincolnshire. Perhaps he felt that “the most brute and beastly shire of the whole realm” did not deserve it.

1640 map of Hull showing the three forts on the east side, built by Henry VIII. (University of Toronto Wenceslaus Hollar Digital Collection)