Society to learn more on historic fort

Gary Baines, chairman of the Friends of Shoreham Fort D14241412a

Gary Baines, chairman of the Friends of Shoreham Fort D14241412a

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MEMBERS of Shoreham Society will hear an update on the restoration of Shoreham Fort at their next meeting.

Gary Baines, who founded the Friends of Shoreham Fort with support from English Heritage and Shoreham Port, will speak about conservation work at the historic fort.

The meeting, on Friday at 7.30pm, is part of the Shoreham Society’s events programme and open to all. Refreshments will be available and entrance is £2 for members, £3 non-members.

Ray Chandler, from the executive committee, said: “He will outline the history of this important structure, dating from 1857 when it was built in reaction to the threat of invasion by Napoleon III.

“Mr Baines will also describe the work of the Friends, whose activities include archaeology, guided tours, research, restoration and ongoing maintenance.”

Shoreham Fort is located on Shoreham Beach, off Forthaven. Completed in June 1857, it is one of only two of the many small forts and gun batteries built along the south coast to survive in anything like their original form.

For more details about the society, visit www.shorehamsociety.org.uk