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
I am adding further details. There are now pages on eighty of the forts. Work is continuing with the aim of having information on every fort by the end of 2017.
New plaques have recently been recently to the Memorial to the Lines at Alhandra to replace those stolen. The Friends of the Lines will be paying for these. Hopefully the modern design will not attract further theft or damage.
It was a great pleasure to attend this event in the wonderful surroundings of the Cavalry and Guards Club in London.
The night before , 20 October (Lines of Torres Vedras day), a dinner was held in the Club. The special guest was his excellency, the Portuguese Ambassador, His Excellency, Manuel Lobo Antunes
The conference on 21 October was attended by 55 People and was attended by the Mayor of Torres Vedras, Carlos Manuel Antunes Bernardes. Speakers were; Professor Mendo Henriques, Professor Charles Esdail, Colonel (Ret’d) Nick Lipscombe, Dr Mark S Thompson and Clive Gilbert MBE.
The talks were excellent and the contributions from the attendees added greatly to the success of the day,
The online booking system is now active for the Conference on 21 October 2017.
Bookings are through the Eventbrite System at this LINK.
Please book early to avoid disappointment.
Wellington’s Cornerstone: An International Conference on the Lines of Torres Vedras 21st October 2017 Registration 9.30am Conference 10am to 5pm
Confirmed speakers so far: • Professor Charles Esdaile • Colonel Nick Lipscombe • Professor Mendo Henriques, Universidade Catolica Portuguesa • Dr Mark S Thompson More speakers to be announced shortly along with the full programme
Cost of the conference will be £50, including lunch, coffee and tea.
Members of the Friends of the Lines of Torres Vedras and BCMH will be entitled to a discounted rate of £40.
Please see the Flyer for the conference. There will be an on-line booking system set up. In the meantime, contact u vis this website to express interest in attending.