History of Reigate Fort at Reigate Hill and Gatton Park

Ammunition store at Reigate Fort, Surrey
Take a look into the casemates at Reigate Fort, Surrey National Trust/ Andrew Butler

Reigate Fort was built in 1898 as part of the London Defence Scheme. However by 1906 the Government no longer felt that it was needed. They now had a superior navy to defend our shores. The fort was decommissioned and subsequently sold to a private owner in 1907.

What happened during the war years?

  • In the First World War the fort was used for storing ammunition
  • It was recommissioned in the Second World War and possibly played a part in wartime communications for the army's South East Command which was  based in tunnels a few hundred metres from the fort
  • The Scout Association used the fort between and after the wars for camping and other activities

Who was stationed at the fort?

  • Over the years various regiments have been based at Reigate Fort including:
  • The East Surrey Regiment
  • Sherwood Foresters
  • The Staffordshire Regiment
  • 3rd Royal Engineer Field Companies (volunteers)
  • 3rd Royal Artillery Brigades (volunteers)

Reigate Fort today

The fort was designated as a Scheduled Ancient Monument in 1972 by English Heritage and, since 2000, the fort has been restored with the help of various grants and a dedicated band of volunteers. 
You can now visit Reigate Fort - step back in time and wander around the old atmospheric buildings to discover what military life was like in late 1890’s (restricted access unless on a guided tour). Please see our events for scheduled guided tours or contact us.