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Sark forts

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Le fort

On the Isle of Sark.

Latitude 49.42157° Longitude -2.36562°

Sark forts has been described as a probable Artillery Fort.

There are earthwork remains.


Above the narrow isthmus that joins Little Sark to the mainland is a star-shaped earthwork fort attributed by the locals to the time of the French invasion of 1549. (Salter)

In 1549 a French naval force landed Captain Francois Breuil and 400 men on the island. Their forts can still be made out - overlooking the landings at the Eperquerie and Grand Greve below La Coupee, and on the Hogsback above Dixcart Bay. The 100 men remaining in 1553 were expelled by a Flemish corsair, vainly hoping for reward from the English Queen Mary. A Jersey party rased the fortifications. (Chapel Studios)

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This record last updated on Tuesday, April 18, 2017