Defensive lines and moat - Defensive line - Grade 1

Two substantial rubble masonry walls forming a deep ditch between. The outer (northern) wall retains a large rubble bank, surfaced to provide car parking, to the north, running down toward the shoreline. The southern of the two walls retains a similar bank of material to the south, against the castle terrace wall (10699) forming a protected platform. The rear wall rises from a single faced rubble masonry structure to create a parapet, approximately 2m thick, with a series of splayed openings.

Interpretation: Defensive structure

Historical context: EIC period

Significance comments: Main feature of Jamestown. Principal defensive structure defending the town from seaward attack. One of the most extensive and complete defensive structures on the island and internationally significant as part of colonial defensive history and unique as a defended valley.

Basic Information

Parcel: JT020020

Latest inspection date: 8/26/2011

Inspected by: BMJ

Interior inspected: No

Inspected for: HER Creation

Type: Defensive line

Sub type: None Sub type 2: None

Main period: East India Company

Period 2: None Period 3: None

Period 4: None Period 5: None




Trend: Deteriorating

Days work to stabilse: 400

Condition comment: Requires complete repointing and grouting.

Occupied: No

Feasible to occupy: No

Accessibility: Easily Accessible

Reuse Possibilities

None: No Tourist attraction: Yes Tourist accommodation: No Dwelling: No Public amenity: Yes Commercial: No Administrative: No Agricultural: No

Associated finds: None

Sources: None

Additional information: None

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