John Dickie 
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Re: “Mystery walls of Bayers Lake vandalized

The layout of the ruins takes advantage of the natural defences afforded by the steep section of the rise from the plateau of Bayers lake (now a commercial park). The wall links two sections of cliff and has a gap designed into it, possibly to allow a retreat to higher ground through the wall. The wall is the precise height needed for kneeling and firing from behind its protection. The fort (itself) would allow a high vantage point for the entire region, but it is not at the highest point which would profile it against the the sky. Instead, its design allows it to be hidden from view from the entire Bayers lake drainage area. In the early days it could potentially defend Fairview which dates back to the mid 1700's and had numerous farming and timber interests. Perhaps it was a defensive position for patrols should a massed attack come from that region. The thickness and construction of the wall, including the angles built into it, are the same as the remains of walls beside the Heart Shaped Pond (Princes Lodge) dating from the time of John Wentworth. i would guess later 1700's, possibly earlier.

Needless to say it is worthy of preservation and respect.

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Posted by John Dickie on 08/15/2013 at 8:06 PM

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