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CHER Number:MCB17292
Type of record:Monument
Name:Possible bastion at Horseshoe Sluice, Wisbech

Summary

An artillery position was created to defend Horseshoe Sluice, north of Wisbech.

Grid Reference:TF 456 109
Parish:Wisbech, Fenland, Cambridgeshire

Monument Type(s):

  • SLUICE (17th century - 1601 AD to 1700 AD)
  • REDOUBT (English Civil Wars - 1642 AD to 1651 AD)
  • GALLOWS (18th century to 19th century - 1701 AD to 1900 AD)

Full description

1. Horseshoe Sluice was built in 1631 by Cornelius Vermuyden as one of the first attempts to improve water flow in the Nene. During the English Civil War, an artillery redoubt was built here, to protect the sluice and control access along the river.
2. In the 18th and 19th centuries, a gallows stood just below Horseshoe Corner.


<1> Osborne, M., 1990, Cromwellian Fortifications in Cambridgeshire, p.35 (Bibliographic reference). SCB9943.


<2> Pugh, R.B. (ed), 1953, The Victoria County History of Cambridgeshire and the Isle of Ely. Volume 4, p.268 (Bibliographic reference). SCB14655.

Sources and further reading

<1>Bibliographic reference: Osborne, M.. 1990. Cromwellian Fortifications in Cambridgeshire. p.35.
<2>Bibliographic reference: Pugh, R.B. (ed). 1953. The Victoria County History of Cambridgeshire and the Isle of Ely. Volume 4. p.268.

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