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PROFILES of a FACE, RAVELIN, BATTERY and of the SOUTH & NORTH GATE and BRIDGE of TILBURY FORT

PROFILES of a FACE, RAVELIN, BATTERY and of the SOUTH & NORTH GATE and BRIDGE of TILBURY FORT

Medium: Ink on paper

Date: 1716

Shelfmark: K Top Vol. 13

Item number: 57a

Length: 44.4

Width: 128.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Plan

Plan of parts of Tilbury Fort. The fort was built in the 17th century and was designed by Sir Bernard de Gomme. It was the first line of defence for the Thames and London. Modifications were made in the early 18th century to bring the fort up to date and these plans are part of the proposals for the work that needed to be carried out. A ravelin is a triangular fortification used to split an attacking force. The South gate or water gate as it is often called was the main entrance to the fort. The gate is two storied and is elaborately decorated with sculptures of cannon and munitions of war.

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