Drop Redoubt

Although the first fort appeared on the site of the Drop Redoubt in the 1780’s, the earliest remains on the site are of the first century AD Roman lighthouse, the twin of the Pharos at Dover Castle. The early fort was part of a complex of simple earthworks with a central guardroom. It wasn’t until the 1804 that the Redoubt as we know it came into being. The works continued through to 1808, and again between 1859 and 1866 as part of the Royal Commission on the Defences of the United Kingdom.

Changes were made to the artillery from 7 inch RBLs in 1869, to 64 pounder RMLs in 1892 and by 1902 only two machine guns were in place.

The Redoubt saw use by the Anti-Aircraft Corps in WW2, a team of Commandos and the Observer Corps in WW2, and finally abandoned by the military in the 1950s. Although now owned by English Heritage, it has been looked after and opened by the Western Heights Preservation Society since 2003.

Please visit their website for more information

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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.

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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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