.… AND …. here well before cricket established itself and before “the Esplanade” as everyone called the space in front of the FORT during the first half of the twentieth century …. one witnesses an unique photograph revealing the scenario before the clocktower was built and an entrance punched through the centre of the frontal ramparts facing south.
This photograph (19.5 x 24cm) has been kindly provided by The National Library of Australia where it is entitled Od Dutch fortification, Point de Galle”. I reckon it dates from about the year 1890 -before the clock tower in memory of Dr Anthonisz was built and an entrance punched through the walls in a central position.