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Weybourne Hope Beach Defence

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Wabourne; Wauburne-hope

In the civil parish of Cley Next The Sea; Salthouse; Weybourne.
In the historic county of Norfolk.
Modern Authority of Norfolk.
1974 county of Norfolk.
Medieval County of Norfolk.

OS Map Grid Reference: TG04654510
Latitude 52.96462° Longitude 1.04635°

Weybourne Hope Beach Defence has been described as a probable Linear Defence or Dyke.

There are no visible remains.


During the invasion scare of 1587, Edmund Yorke drew up a comprehensive plan for the defence of Weybourne Hope, a two-mile stretch of land between Weybourne and Cley, which was regarded as particularly vulnerable to invasion from the sea. These included an elaborate rampart from Weybourne Fort to a point which appears to be near North Foreland. It was an odd mixture of tenaille trace and large, obtuse-angled bastions with orillons. The most remarkable features were the recessed chambers in the curtain adjoining the bastions, angled to flank the faces of the bastion. A rampart was undoubtedly started, but it is unlikely that it was constructed in the intended form. There is no evidence of the works on the ground. Yorke's plan shows that the rampart was intended to follow the high ground backing Salthouse Marsh, the line possibly being approximated by the modern coast road. (PastScape)

The Line was intended to go from Black Joy Fort to Weybourne Fort Given map reference is Black Joy Fort the western end.
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