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Hilsea Lines Video

Associated Web Link: www.portsmouth.gov.uk/ext/events-parks-and-whats-on/parks/hilsea-lines.aspx

Transcript Of Narration
Hilsea Lines cover an area of over 80 hectares and features varied wildlife havens including woodland, meadows, hedgerows, marshland and coastal habitats. The area originally served as a military base with the first defences being built in 1544 to protect the navy from an inland attack with further additions in 1757 south of Ports Creek. They were largely unchanged for over 100 years until in 1871 the existing lines replaced them. This was to counter the threat of a French invasion. The two mile structure consisted of chalk and earth ramparts with six bastions and a moat to the north. Most of the original structure is unaltered.