Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Gateway Towns - Portland

Although the Jurassic coast is approximately 95 miles long, it is but a few yards wide, reaching up to the edges of the beachs, coastline and cliffs, therefore just a few yards wide in some locations. Bearing that in mind, there are a number of other features lying just beyond the boundary of the Jurassic coast. For example there are a number of what are named gateway towns lying just behind the boundary ... there are also castles and other buildings of historical importance. One such building is Portland castle, as shown below ...

Portland castle was built by Henry VIII in 1540. Forming part of his coastal defense system against invasion by the French. Positioned so close to the enemy across the narrow channel, he took no chances and built the castle walls fourteen feet thick

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