Our second offering for fort week is this collection of defensive towers from Malta. Known as the Lascaris Towers, they were built in the 17th Century by the Order of St John.

Our set consists of two small watchtowers and a larger artillery tower, of which there are several examples of both on the island. It also has the much larger Saint Agatha’s Tower, which is a bastioned watchtower painted an unusual pinkish-red colour.

SSS-8170 – Lascaris Towers – £2.00

This is Fort Paté, a Vauban fortification on an islet in the Gironde estuary in France built at the end of the 17th century. Along with Fort Médoc and the citadel of Blaye, it defended the approaches to the city of Bordeaux. It had a garrison of 20 men, but we can’t find any info’ about how many cannon it had.

SSS-8173 – Fort Paté – £2.00

 

The Star Castle, built in 1593 on the island of St Mary’s for the defence of the Scilly Isles. It was built in response to the armada and fears of another Spanish invasion. The Isles are an archipelago of 145 islands and islets off the coast of Cornwall, with only the largest five being inhabited. They are the southernmost parts of the UK. The castle is in the shape of an eight-pointed star with a central garrison building. Later it was garrisoned by troops from the Corps of Invalids.

The castle is now a four-star hotel, should you feel the urge to visit.

SSS-8172 – Star Castle – £2.00

We round off Fort Week with the most modern of the new releases, Fort St Benedict in Kraków. Although now part of Poland, the fort was built by the Austro-Hungarians in the mid-19th century as part of the Kraków fortress. It takes its name from the nearby church, and is the only surviving fortress of the three built in Podgórze.

SSS-8171 – Fort St Benedict – £2.25

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