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Henry VII’s blockhouse to be excavated

Archaeologists are set to excavate a blockhouse in Wales thought to have been built by Henry VII.

“One of the East buildings has already fallen away, so we want to look at this last bit, which is hanging on to the cliff edge, as we think this is probably the last opportunity we’ll have before it becomes too dangerous to excavate.”

Henry VIII built a series of blockhouses and other defence towers around the coast of Britain, from the Thames Estuary to Milford Haven. They were made to suit each location, and the fort at East Blockhouse is very small in contrast to some of the better known and larger defences such as St Mawes Castle in Falmouth and Southsea in Portsmouth.

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Story: News Wales | Photo: Pete Crane 2011

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