In 1803, as 130,000 French troops massed on their Channel coast, there was fear of an invasion. The War Department commissioned a series of towers to be built along the coast to improve our defences. They became known as Martello towers.
A large command fort – the Redoubt was built to support and reinforce the chain of towers. The fortress was completed in 1810, five years after the battle of Trafalgar and when the threat of invasion had receded. It is a scheduled Ancient Monument. Considerable sums have been spent to restore the fortress in recent years and further work is planned.
There is a free History Corner in the Pavilion building if you want to know more about the history of the fortress.
Trail: East of the Pier Heritage Trail
Tourist Information Centre
The Redoubt Fortress, Royal Parade, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN22 7AQ