The Portuguese Government has just made the Lines of Torres Vedras a National Monument. This means greater protection for the forts that still exist, whether they are in public or private hands. It shows the Governments commitment to the future of the Lines and follows the recent establishment of 'Lines of Torres Vedras' day on 20 October, each year.
This is probably a first in the UK I will be speaking at this conference on the role of the Portuguese Engineers during the Peninsular War.
The conference is sponsored by Helion Publishers.
The Friends of the British Cemetery at Elvas have arranged a recital and reception at Brooks Club in London on Thursday 22 February 2018.
Full details are on the brochure below
There are now web pages up for the defences around Fort St Julian; the Third Line.
Details on the event can be found here
The Autumn Newsletter for the Friends of the Lines of Torres Vedras has been added to the website.
I have added copies of the maps from the English works of Jones, Oman and Fortescue.
There are now pages for every fort on the first and second lines.
See Here: Districts and Forts on the Lines
Over the next few weeks I will add information on the third and fourth lines.
The answer you usually get is 152. I have been looking at them as I create pages for each fort and there are actually around 170 individual fortifications. The majority of the difference is Forts 1 and 5 which are actually made up of 13 separate fortifications. Then there are some mysteries , like Forts, 116, 117 and 119, which have more than one fortification but the exact number is not clear. Watch this space.......
Significant damage is being caused by motorcycles. These are some of the most visited forts and need to be protected. Photos: Mark Crathorne, British Historical Society of Portugal