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‘The Shorncliffe Redoubt, a large late-C18 earthwork field fortification, built as an anti-invasion measure during the early stages of the Napoleonic Wars, is scheduled for the following principal reasons: * Historic interest: a rare surviving, large-scale field fortification from the early years of the Napoleonic period. The redoubt is a reminder of the urgent measures taken in response to the threat of invasion from Revolutionary France. It is also the last surviving structure at Shorncliffe contemporary with the founding, by Sir John Moore in 1803, of the hugely influential camp for light infantry; * Form: one of the last of such earthwork redoubts constructed. This style of redoubt was shortly to be superseded at the start of the C19 by circular brick and masonry designs, intended principally as artillery platforms rather than protection for infantry; * Potential: archaeological potential for evidence of its construction, original appearance and internal buildings, also for military artefacts from the whole period of its occupation; * Group value: part of a particularly strong group of designated Napoleonic coastal defence structures including the Royal Military Canal, Shorncliffe Battery and Martello Towers Nos. 7-9.’

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All media enquiries to:

Deborah Shaw - 07944992291 or media@shorncliffe-trust.org.uk

Press Gallery

Arrival of Canadians WW1 - Kent Messenger 8th April 2015

Light in the Darkest Hour - Folkstone Herald 7th August 2014

Ceremony in honour of military great - Folkstone & Hythe Express 20th January 2014

La Batalla de Elviña - La Voz de Galicia 18th January 2009

Fort is manned again as the riflemen come home - Kentish Express 13th November 2008

Wormit Canadian gains Military Cross - Dundee Courier 29th July 1916

Prisoners of war - Cheltenham Looker-On 15th August 1914

Red Cross nurses in camp at Shorncliffe under war conditions - The Courier 24th August 1911

The Foreign Legion - Caledonian Mercury 23rd July 1855

Major-General Sir John Moore’s Brigade - Aberdeen Journal 19th June 1805

External Links

WW1 Shorncliffe Army camp 'under threat' - BBC News Kent website 16th April 2014

Army base where Canadians trained in the Great War faces wrecking ball - Globe and Mail Canada website 19th April 2015