Search light tower

War time photo of the search light tower in use

This is a search light tower from World War II. It is situated next to the fort and would have looked out to sea for possible invaders, using a large light that it housed. It is also believed that it may have been used in conjunction with a second tower built further down the beach towards Worthing as an aiming light for the massive 6 inch naval guns built on the fort.

Bricked up search light tower at Shoreham Fort

It was de commissioned after the war but in the 1950’s it was briefly brought back to life and used in the making of the film Battle of the V1. Afterwards, it was left derelict until 2008 when the National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) obtained a lease to use it for watching the water once more.

The NCI now using the search light tower today

Today the tower is still used by the NCI. They use it, still to look out to sea, but they are looking for people in danger. These guys are a really friendly bunch, so please pop up to their tower when you visit the fort and find out exactly what they do.

I think you will agree that they have done a fantastic job of saving our heritage and giving a future use, so similar to that of its original purpose.

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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.

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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


Bid writers / Architects / Fundraisers

Hand tools

We are getting to the end of the useful life of our trowels, hand garden forks and equipment that we use for carefully weeding around the Scheduled Monument. Any small hand tools would be gratefully received.

Barrack Block

That would be really lovely........ We are working on it ;)

My Cloud Mirror Drive

Purchased with thanks to Shoreham and Southwick Rotary who we help when we can with book donations and especially at Christmas with our very own version of Elf and Safety lol Thank you for your continued support

A big THANK-YOU to Rotary Club of Shoreham & Southwick for the donation!

Renewal of IT/presentation equipment

With a partial award for an application to Sussex Community Foundation we have been able to increase our outreach and education programme; therefore increasing word of mouth of our project and engaging the wider community in a positive and proactive manner.

A big THANK-YOU to Sussex Community Foundation for the donation!


People are genuinely surprised when we tell them how few volunteers we have that come on site on a regular basis to help maintain and conserve the site for the enjoyment of the public. If you think you would like to get involved with this amazing project then please do get in touch or come down on one of our volunteer days. It may look like it's all hard, manual work but there really is a job for all.

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