West Place of Arms
|West Place of Arms|
|Part of Fortifications of Gibraltar|
|Corral Road in Gibraltar|
Sign on the Glacis Road side of West Place of Arms
Location within Gibraltar
|Type||Coastal artillery battery|
|Owner||Government of Gibraltar|
|Built by||UK Ministry of Defence|
The West Place of Arms is an area in the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar that was originally used as a troop assembly point. It is located in the gap between the North Bastion and its Counterguard, a structure built in 1804.
The Counterguard provided defensive cover for the West Place of Arms, which was also fortified by a ditch into which a large caponier projected. In 1834 the Counterguard was recorded as being armed with thirteen 24-pdrs and two 9-pdrs. They were replaced by ten 32-pdrs and two 8-inch howitzers between 1859–63. By 1885 there were three 32-pdr smoothbore guns, two 8-inch howitzers and four 64-pdr rifled muzzle loaders (RMLs). The other guns were gradually replaced by RMLs in the final years of the 19th century.
- Hughes, Quentin; Migos, Athanassios (1995). Strong as the Rock of Gibraltar. Exchange Publications. p. 379.