The 1890s was a worrying time in British history with France threatening to invade. England had to defend itself and its capital. If London was lost, the country and the empire would surely follow. Reigate Fort was part of England's defensive line.
Reigate Fort was built as part of a 72-mile defence line to protect London whilst a huge ship-building programme was initiated by the British government. The southern line was divided into 10 sectors and the fort fell into 'Redhill Position', which was 11km long.
The fort held vital tools and ammunition to supply soldiers and artillery at short notice.
Did you know?
- Reigate Fort is one of 13 forts built along the North Downs
- It cost £11,339 to construct
- The fort was originally called a Mobilisation Centre