Another mooch about yesterday. Last day of my holiday and I had to be in work. As it is the holidays I had to drag the kids in too.
So instead of haring back home for sandwiches we headed further into town for Lunch. All the cafes were full so we headed for the Fort Chip Shop (the best one in Lerwick). Our normal place to eat them on a nice day is the Fort right above the chip shop so I thought I would take some photos.
This is the oldest part still standing built or rebuilt in the 1690’s. The following photo showing how thick the walls are.
Construction of Fort Charlotte began in 1665 during the second Dutch War. It wasn’t finished before the war concluded. It was rebuilt more than a century later during the War of American Independence but never fired a shot in anger. The fort is pretty much presented as it would have looked in the 1780’s
The fort is a 5 pointed star.
At the minute she is armed with 18lb cannon. These only look out over the sound of Bressay. It had in the past been armed with 32lb cannon
I always fancied starting a re-enactment group here, it would be great fun!
Anyway the Annoying Fledgling…. here he is:
He spent his time calling for food non stop while we were there. On the upside though, he kept the adults away!
Right a couple of random photos taken within… the barracks and the magazine.
And finally a view from above… pinched from a panel at the entrance!
You can just see the best chip shop in Lerwick, small white building near the two story street of shops. Oh and in the background you can see the Lerwick Town hall.
There is a great story from the 1690’s about how 3 cannon from the Spanish Armanda were found. They decided to heat them to remove the rust. ‘ Upon which they discharged balls, much to the surprisement of the onlookers!”
I think Surprisement should be returned to the English language!