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Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Harwich Redoubt was built between 1808 and 1810 and is very similar to those at Eastbourne and Dymchurch. It takes the form of a ring of casemates, with gun positions on the roof and a parade ground in the centre. Like Eastbourne and Dymchurch, it was associated with a system of Martello Towers, and used as a barracks as well as stores. It is surrounded by a dry ditch, which is accessed via a sally port and it has no caponniers.
The redoubt is in reasonable condition and is opened during the summer months by volunteers, there are a few guns mounted and museum displays in some of the casemates.
Plan of the Redoubt
Looking along the top level of the fort
One of the guns
Cannon and embrasure
AA gun and mounting
Looking across the fort
Steps to lower level
Inside one of the casemates
Inside another casemate
Passage between the parade ground and the sally port