Had Napoleon III stormed the south coast, he would have come face to face with the large gun which sat on this emplacement.

Had Napoleon III took a day trip to Shoreham, he would have come face to face with the large gun which sat on this emplacement

Shoreham Fort was built in 1857 to defend against French invasion. Luckily, Napoleon III was too busy renovating Paris to bother attacking the good people of Shoreham. As it turned out, the real threat came 100 years later when the Barrack block was demolished.

The fort is now being lovingly restored by volunteers, so this little nugget of Victorian innovation stays with us.