Landguard  Suffolk


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Landguard like this:

LANDGUARD, a headland and a fort in Felixtow parish, Suffolk. The headland projects southward at the month of the rivers Orwell and Stour; lies 1½ mile ESE of Harwich, in Essex; is connected by an isthmus, at low water, with Walton-Colness; but forms, at high water, an island nearly a mile distant from the mainland. ...

The Danes, in 880, lost 16 ships in an action with King Alfred off this headland; and they sailed past it, and up the Orwell, in 1014. The fort on it was built, in the time of James I., for defending Harwich and the Orwell; was strengthened in the time of Charles II.; was afterwards enlarged and improved, so as to mount 20 guns on traversing platforms, with an auxiliary battery between two towers; had 184 soldiers at the census of 1861; and is now used as a depôt for troops of the line, and as a rifle practice-ground. A lighthouse, with a revolving light, was erected in 1848; but latterly became unserviceable. See Harwich.

Additional information about this locality is available for Felixstowe

Landguard through time

Landguard is now part of Suffolk Coastal district. Click here for graphs and data of how Suffolk Coastal has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Landguard itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Landguard in Suffolk Coastal | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 11th July 2020

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