History on your doorstep - FREE Folkestone Heritage Day tours at Napoleonic Shorncliffe Redoubt

Contributed by editor on Sep 16, 2019 - 11:48 AM

Photo: The Shorncliffe Trust


The Shorncliffe Trust is taking part in this year’s Heritage Open Days Event, hosting Free guided tours from the Shorncliffe Redoubt on Sunday, 22nd September. 

The guides will explain about the evolvement of a military garrison over 200 years and you will see the Napoleonic Redoubt, almost forgotten about and unmarked for over a century, with the site interpreted and plotted by the Shorncliffe Trust's Chairman Christopher Shaw and Trustees.


Rich in archaeological remains


The land at Shorncliffe Camp is rich in archaeological remains relating to the military use of the site over some two centuries. The archaeological potential of these remains is high as is the overall significance of the site. Some archaeological remains are currently under threat and require attention.

As well as the 200-year-old Redoubt, there are buildings from the Victorian and Edwardian Era visible from the road.


There is also, WWI training trenches and a WWI pill box. The tour will hopefully include the Shorncliffe Military Cemetery.

Along with the tour, the Trust will have various photographs, documents and artefacts so visitors can help interpret the remains.

Tours: 10am and 1pm (Please meet at Shorncliffe Cemetery Gates; wear appropriate footwear and clothing suitable for conditions on the day. Terrain can be uneven in places due to nature of it being a wooded area.)

Following in their footsteps

In addition to the upcoming Free Heritage Tours, the Shorncliffe Trust organise Educational Heritage Tours following in the footsteps of soldiers who served at Shorncliffe, visiting the Somme, Flanders, Dunkirk and Normandy and other areas where conflict took place. There are 2 tours planned so far for 2020. On 25th April, a visit to Flanders Battlefields and the Menin Gate; and on 15th May a tour of The Somme includes a visit to the newly opened CWGC Experience, a new visitor centre dedicated to the work of the commission whose ‘recovery’ mission is ongoing 100 years after the end of WW1. Bookings can be made on the Trust’s website

The Shorncliffe Trust is a heritage charity, which was setup to preserve and protect the heritage of Shorncliffe camp near Folkestone in Kent. Part of our educational objectives is to tell the stories of the many thousands of men, women and children who have lived and worked in and around Shorncliffe for the last 200 years.
Further information can be found on the Trust’s website: 
or via the Chairman - Christopher Shaw – Mobile 07906 605104


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