Defence of the Nation
As an island nation Britain has been defended by the East Anglian coast right from the 3rd century, when 'Saxon Shore' forts at places such as Brancaster in Norfolk and Walton Castle in Essex defended Romano-Britain from continental pirate invaders.
In the 17th and 18th centuries famous battles took place off the Suffolk coast and in the North Sea against the Dutch. Martello towers and forts were constructed along the Suffolk and Essex coasts to protect harbours and the coast from invasion during the Napoleonic period.
More recently, beaches were mined during the Second World War. Barbed wire, scaffolding and herring barrels filled with concrete obstructed the beaches and chains of pill boxes provided defensive lookouts.
black and white photograph of Cromer coxswain Henry Blogg with the Prince of Wales at a presentation ceremony in the Central Hall, Westminster, London
West Runton Elephant. A reconstruction drawing by Sam Brown of the likely appearance of the West Runton elephant.
Gansey knitting stick or shield
Cromer Museum have kindly invited me to come & do my Propagansey talk & display this Satu…
photograph, colour slide, photographer Dr A.J. Stuart, 1990. Harold Hems measuring the pelvis of a large bull elephant in situ in the West Runton Freshwater Bed. 1990
The Davies family taken between 1907 and 1909
In March 1915 Rev Hamilton wrote in the Cromer Parish Magazine that he had been talking to Tom Ba…
A black and white photograph of Cromer coxswain Henry Blogg with the Prince of Wales at a presentation ceremony in the Central Hall, Westminster, London
Six steel double-pointed needles, of size 16 and 17 gauge, the type used for knitting ganseys.
photograph, colour slide, photographer Dr A.J. Stuart, 1992. Artist Sam Brown worked with Tony Stuart to envisage what the West Runton elephant looked like - this is one of his sketches. 1992
Local Naval History at Felixstowe Museum
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This page is part of the Narrative Theme(s): Defence of the Nation
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