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Thursday, August 16, 2007
Newhaven Fort, East Sussex
Newhaven Fort was built in the 1860s to defend Newhaven harbour. It is the largest of its kind in Sussex and is now open as a popular tourist attraction. Once empty and semi-derelict, Newhaven Fort is a great example of how a fort can be restored to its former glory. The casemated soldiers' quarters have been painstakingly rebuilt and now contain a number of interesting exhibitions and visitors are free to explore the various gun emplacements and magazines. A caponnier, which is located at the bottom of the cliff, can also be accessed via a staircase from the parade ground.
For pictures of the fort's unrestored counterscarp galleries, which are not open to the public, click here.
Newhaven Fort is open to the public all year round, and well worth a visit!
View along the soldiers' quarters on the parade ground
View from the ramparts showing the entrance and officers' quarters The casemates have been superbly restored since being bulldozed in the 70s Passage linking the casemates
Steps down to caponnier Tunnel at the bottom Entrance to caponnier Looking inside Looking back
Centre of the caponnier
Another view inside the caponnier End of the tunnel
Looking back to entrance
Entrance to Eastern magazines Passage inside (note shell hoist) Inside one of the magazines
Lighting passage around the magazine Tunnel out to gun battery
Entrance to main magazine
Passage inside Inside one of the magazines
Passage linking the lab to the magazines below the guns Expense magazines Gun mounted on the ramparts Rear of one of the gun emplacements Gun facing out to sea