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ALDERNEY AS A FORTIFIED ISLAND: FORT ALBERT OVERLOOKING THE HARBOUR

ALDERNEY AS A FORTIFIED ISLAND: FORT ALBERT OVERLOOKING THE HARBOUR

When Palmerston was Prime Minister, a scheme was set on foot for making Alderney a Gibraltar of the English Channel and a menace to the great French naval harbour at Cherbourg, twenty miles away. On the hill to the right can be seen Fort Albert, the most important item in the defence system of the island; it contained accommodation for 2,000 men. The old harbour and the modern landing quay are seen in the centre of the photograph, with the Guernsey packet arriving at the latter.

Other pictures from Last of England's French Possessions


FAMOUS GUERNSEY DOLMEN, AND A FORTRESS THAT LONG RESISTED CROMWELL'S SOLDIERS

SHARK PRISON, AND A SMALLER PREHISTORIC BURIAL PLACE

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