Submitted by Paula Guy on Tue, 28/08/2012 - 08:12
We didn’t really start out with a plan today, only that we’d head over towards the east coast. There are very few English Heritage properties in this part of the country that we haven’t been to before but Landguard Fort just outside Felixstowe is one of them. As we were heading in that direction we decided to go there first and then make our way over to Aldeburgh.
Built at the mouth of the River Orwell, Landguard Fort is the site of the last opposed seaborne invasion of England in 1667. The current fort was built in the 18th century and has had various modifications in the 19th & 20th centuries. Most recently it was used during WW2 and subsequently abandoned a few years after the end of the war, leaving it to decay until it came into the hands of English Heritage. Forts of this nature are not usually in the scope of my general interest as I tend to prefer ruins of old castles or abbeys, however we both took out an audio guide to listen to as we went round and I really quite enjoyed it.