Newhaven Lunette

During the 1840s and 1850s, Newhaven had seen a great deal of development – a new ferry service, the arrival of the railway and enlargement of the harbour. These improvements made the town of even greater strategic importance, especially as, at 56 miles, it is the closest south coast port to London, it was imperative that therefore that the area was well defended.

Following a tour of inspection by the Duke of Wellington, a report was made on the defences and they were found to be sadly lacking. The Martello tower and gun battery at Seaford were in danger of being undermined by coastal erosion and the old 1759 gun battery at Newhaven had only one gun and that was laying unmanned on the ground.

The proposal for Newhaven was that the old battery was rearmed with two 68pdrs and four 32pdrs. In addition a new battery- the Lunette- was to be built on the foreshore on land purchased from the Earl of Sheffield for the princely sum of £70. This battery was armed with 4 guns and built from 1855. It’s life was short partly because its field of fire was compromised by the new harbour arm but also the building of Newhaven Fort. The battery can just be seen in an 1861 oil painting of fishing boats leaving the harbour.

Although derelict at the moment, plans are afoot to better interpret the battery and stop the current neglect.

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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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