“We all try to remember the things we have lost and would do anything to have those things back, so why do we not look after them before they are lost.”

Shoreham Fort as it currently is from the sky

My name is Gary Baines, I am the Chairman and Founder of the Friends of Shoreham Fort.

When I was a child of only 4 years of age, my grandfather took me to see this fort.  I can remember running around the Carnot wall, holding his walking stick, pretending it was a gun.  Unfortunately my grandfather passed away that same year so the fort was to be my last memory of him.

Since then It has always fascinated me.

After investing in a computer in 1994, I searched the Internet to see what I could find out about the fort.  I spent several hours searching to find out that there was very little documented about this rare fort.  The research on Shoreham Fort and others that tell the tale of the Palmerston prototypes including Littlehampton and Fort Nelson began.

Therefore in the hope that other people were interested, I set up a web site in 1999.  Things have changed a lot since then and we are now very thankful that our website is designed by a professional that volunteers with us.  So have a good look and please visit again as the site is always being updated.

After researching the Shoreham Fort for nearly 15 years I eventually gained permission to start a restoration project and on my 30th Birthday, May 9th 2010 the Friends of Shoreham Fort was officially launched.

The Volunteers, now tirelessly look after the fort, hold numerous events and raise money to secure her future.  Many hours have been clocked up over the years and without these volunteers, restoration would be nothing but a boys dream.

If after looking at the website you can add anything to aid our research, or have any questions or suggestions, I would be very grateful if you could contact me

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We at Shoreham Fort can't do any of the work we are able to without the help and support of many people, if you would like to contribute please click the donate button below. Your donations will go towards materials and equipment to help us restore the Fort.

The Friends of Shoreham Fort.

More then 6133 hours have been contributed... Why don't you join in? Find out more here.

We're always in need of equipment, tools, and items at the fort... here's a few things on our wish list:


Purchased with funding raised through a week of community fundraising in Shoreham Branch

A big THANK-YOU to Santander for the donation!

Doors for Food for Fort and Nissen Hut

A big THANK-YOU to Vevo Vision for the donation!


We have four main events of the year, the biggest being our Military History Weekend - Sponsors of any of our events would be very welcome - please contact us at [email protected]


Bid writers Architects Fundraisers

Wheel Barrows & Shovels

We are always in need of tools and our poor wheel barrows keep getting punctures....

Barrack Block

That would be really lovely........

Map of the UK, focusing on Shoreham Fort

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