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Tuesday, November 20, 2007
This redoubt was built in the early 19th Century and forms part of the ring of Martello Towers along the South East coast. An almost identical fort exists at Eastbourne which has been restored and is open to the public. The opposite however, can be said about Dymchurch, which is on an MOD rifle range and is in original condition. Both forts were built as barracks for the Martello system and take the form of a circular ring of casemated rooms, with a parade ground in the middle, surrounded by a dry ditch. The interior of the fort has remained free from graffiti and contains a number of original features. WW2 additions are visible on upper levels, with gun emplacements and observation posts.
The Redoubt is located on Hythe Ranges, many thanks to the MOD for allowing access, and John Vaughan for arranged the visit.
Plan of the Redoubt
Entrance to the Redoubt
Looking down from the upper level to the casemates below
Casemates on the lover level WW2 gun positions
Steps down to the lower level Passage inside the fort on the lower level
Each of the casemated rooms has the same basic design
Back of one of the rooms Metal window frames in another casemate Further along the passage
The main magazine, the lighting passage runs behind the far wall