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A coloured plan of St. Nicholas' Island in Plymouth Sound

A coloured plan of St. Nicholas' Island in Plymouth Sound

Medium: Ink on paper

Date: 1725

Shelfmark: K.Top Vol 11

Item number: 91

Length: 50.3

Width: 108

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Plan

Birds eye view of St Nicholas Island in Plymouth Sound. The island is the principal guide for ships entering the dock. It is said that when he was a child Sir Francis Drake was sent here by his parents for protection at a time of civil disturbance. In the 18th century the island was renamed Drake’s Island in his memory but until the mid 19th century it was still referred to as St Nicholas Island. The fortification on the island was built in the 16th century and became the principal defences for Plymouth sound. In the 19th century the fortification was greatly enlarged and extra gun batteries were added.

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