Hackness Martello Tower and Battery

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

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
Coordinates58°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
TypeBarracks
Site information
OwnerMinistry of Defence
Operator British Army
Site history
Built1815
Built forWar Office
In use1815-1918

HistoryEdit

 
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.

ReferencesEdit

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

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit

  Media related to Hackness Martello Tower And Battery at Wikimedia Commons