Palmerston Forts Society

British Fortifications of the 19th and 20th Century

The Palmerston Forts Society has published an excellent introduction into the subject of the Palmerston fortifications of Britain. This 36 page booklet was first published in 2003, but now it has been updated and revised with this latest 2017 full colour edition. This A4 booklet examines the development of British Fortifications built during the 19th and early 20th centuries.

It has the following sections:

  • Introduction.
  • Types or Work and their Purpose.
  • Historical Background.
  • Gloire.
  • Royal Commission of 1859.
  • Coastal Defence Works.
  • Iron Shielding and Artillery Development.
  • Land Forts.
  • Moncrieff Mountings and Further Development in Guns.
  • The defences of the Commercial Ports.
  • The Chatham Fortress Ring.
  • The defence of London.
  • The outbreak of the First World War.

The book is richly illustrated with:  11 maps and plans. ■ 27 colour photographs. ■ 11 black and white antique illustrations and photographs.

This book can be purchased at the Fort Nelson museum shop, or via Paypal using the button below including Royal Mail p&p:

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