Hackness Martello Tower and Battery

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Hackness Martello Tower and Battery
Orkney
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Hackness Martello Tower
Hackness Martello Tower and Battery is located in Orkney Islands
Hackness Martello Tower and Battery
Hackness Martello Tower and Battery
Location within Orkney
Coordinates 58°48′13″N 03°08′48″W / 58.80361°N 3.14667°W / 58.80361; -3.14667Coordinates: 58°48′13″N 03°08′48″W / 58.80361°N 3.14667°W / 58.80361; -3.14667
Type Barracks
Site information
Owner Ministry of Defence
Operator  British Army
Site history
Built 1815
Built for War Office
In use 1815-1918

Hackness Martello Tower and Battery is located on South Walls, in Orkney, Scotland.

History[edit]

Barracks

The Martello tower, together with another on the north side at Crockness, was built in 1815 to protect British ships in the bay of Longhope against attack by American and French privateers, during the Napoleonic Wars, while they waited for a Royal Navy escort on their journey to Baltic ports.[1]

The towers were upgraded, with the installation of new guns and other structures, in 1866 at a time of concern about the possibility of another French invasion.[2]

Hackness Martello Tower and Battery is in the care of Historic Scotland. Visitors can tour the tower, battery and reconstructed barracks.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Travel Scotland: Hoy". Retrieved 2007-07-13. 
  2. ^ "Hackness Martello Tower and Battery". Historic Scotland. Retrieved 13 April 2014. 

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External links[edit]

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