Commander-in-Chief and War Office: Fort Record Books

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Commander-in-Chief and War Office: Fort Record Books

Officers commanding British forts at home and abroad were required to maintain a Fort Record Book (AB 360) of information covering the operation, administration and history of the fort. These records include details of topography, survey data, gunnery tables, records of shooting, armament and equipment, mounting and dismounting of armaments, communications etc, and, in the case of forts guarding approaches to ports, information on seaborne traffic control. In some cases the record is incomplete but includes a short history of the fort covering earlier years.

Held by:
The National Archives, Kew
Legal status:
Public Record
Commander-in-Chief, Military Department, Works Division, 1887-1895
War Office, Directorate of Forts and Works, 1935-1958
War Office, Master General of the Ordnance, Directorate of Fortifications and Works, 1904-1927
War Office, Quartermaster General, Directorate of Works, 1927-1935
War Office, Works Department, 1895-1904
Physical description:
324 bundles and volumes
Access conditions:
Subject to 30 year closure unless otherwise stated

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