NOSTALGIA: Eastbourne’s Redoubt Fortress goes back in time

Heritage Weekend at the Redoubt

Heritage Weekend at the Redoubt

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Photographs by Jon Rigby

Eastbourne’s Redoubt Fortress was transformed into a scene from the Napoleonic wars during the recent Heritage Weekend in the town.

Heritage Weekend at the Redoubt

Heritage Weekend at the Redoubt

Several local landmarks threw their doors open to the public free of charge during the weekend earlier this month.

Members of the 16th Regiment of Foot 1790’s Military Entertainment Team staged performances throughout the weekend.

The Redoubt was built in 1805 as part of the British anti-invasion preparations during the Napoleonic Wars.

The structure was built on a raft of compacted chalk laid directly onto the natural shingle and constructed almost entirely of brick, more than 50,000 being used in a single course.

Heritage Weekend at the Redoubt

Heritage Weekend at the Redoubt

Cavities within the structure were filled with shingle and the landmark was initially armed with 24-pounder guns on traversing carriages.

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