Posted by Sarah P on April 20, 1998 at 09:24:25:
In response to Martello, written by Ken on April 20, 1998 at 08:03:03
] Only if you first remind me of exactly what they were--it's been a while. They were either defense works or semaphore towers, I feel certain. . . but can't remember which (-:
They were for defence. A parallel programme of signal tower building took place at the same time. Most of them (in Ireland, anyway) were built after the National Defence Act of 1804. The first ones (Dublin, Wexford and Bantry Bay) were a year earlier than in England.
Of course the French invasion in 1798 to help the Irish Rebellion was a great spur, as well. Ireland was always particularly vulnerable, with so much coastline and a considerable degree of Anti-English feeling, both before and after the Act of Union.
(History lesson over)
- Martello Towers Captain Everett 23:51:38 4/21/98 (2)
- and James Joyce Linden 21:12:17 4/21/98 (0)
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