Yarmouth Castle

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Yarmouth Castle
Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, England
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Yarmouth Castle
Yarmouth Castle is located in Isle of Wight
Yarmouth Castle
Yarmouth Castle
Site information
Owner English Heritage
Open to
the public
Site history
Built 1547

Yarmouth Castle is a small off-square blockhouse built by Henry VIII in 1547, to guard Yarmouth harbour on the Isle of Wight. It was built as part of Henry's second device programme to fortify the English coast with a chain of coastal defences known as Device Forts or Henrician Castles. These were built to guard against the threat of foreign invasion. As it is a later fortification it did not have the earlier rounded or concentric shape but a square keep with angular bastions. It is now owned by English Heritage.

Further reading[edit]

  • Colvin, H.M. (ed) (1982). The History of the King's Works, Vol. IV, 1485–1600, Part II.
  • Harrington, Peter (2007). The castles of Henry VIII. Oxford: Osprey. ISBN 978-1-84603-130-4
  • Morley, B. M. (1976). Henry VIII and the development of coastal defence. London: H.M. Stationery Office. ISBN 0-11-670777-1
  • Rigold, S.E. (2003). Yarmouth Castle, Isle of Wight. London: English Heritage.

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