South Wall of Jellalabad Fort 1842

The two drawings of the south wall show before and after restoration of the defences. The lower view shows how the walls were only about 10 feet high with almost nothing left of the battlements. The fact that the figures on the walls have no protection reveals the scale of the rebuilding programme. The upper drawing shows the rebuilt battlements which smooth off the top of the walls. Also, the big ditch excavated around the fort is to be seen, extending the length of the wall apart from a bridge in front of the South Gate. This ditch was 10 foot deep and 12 feet wide which must have required a huge amount of work for the garrison troops.

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