Plans of the defences outside East Gate

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Plans of the defences outside East Gate

The plans are reconstructions based on small-scale excavation combined with documentary study. In each plan the East Gate, which stood on High Street, is at the centre of the bottom edge; the thick black line is the city wall, with the red rampart behind it. In 1642 the ditch in front of the wall was widened and deepened, and a further line of defence was built outside it, cutting across Sidwell Street, with two outlying small gun batteries defending the entrance. By 1644-6 a more formidable outer line had been built: a star bastion whose ditches were aligned to towers on the city wall, where cannon could fire along them.

Acknowledgments: C.G. Henderson Exeter City Council