Hawley's Fortalice - Dartmouth's First Castle, by Terry Edwards
Published by the Dartmouth History Research Group in 1998, 32 pages. A5 size Booklet (N4800P1)
Dartmouth Castle guards the mouth of the Dart Estuary in Devon, and it's history dates back to 1388, when a small fortalice was built by John Hawley. A fortalice is a small coastal fort, and this booklet provides a fascinating account of the history of the castle in the middle ages. It is illustrated throughout with several black and white drawings and photographs.
From the rear side cover: Hawley's Fortalice was Dartmouth's first castle and is so named after John Hawley, a wealthy merchant and seafarer, who provided Chaucer with the inspiration for the Shipman in the Canterbury Tales. Hawley, as Mayor of Dartmouth in 1388, ordered work on the fortalice to commence and this booklet attempts to reconstruct its likely appearence using surviving elements and available evidence.
The condition of the booklet is generally excellent. The cover is clean and tidy, the staple spine is intact, and all pages are clean, tidy, unblemished and tightly bound. There is a small price sticker on the rear side cover.