Fire Watchers Post

Unlike many of the buildings around Fort Halstead, this structure was not built for any unique testing or evaluation purpose, but for the protection of the site. Constructed in the early years of the Second World War, this firewatchers post stands on the highest point across the site; on top of a rampart within the

The Old Fort, building use in the 1990s

With a large number of plans and documents available in the archive, it’s possible to piece together the use of the site throughout the decades. Combining a site plan from 1986 and a building schedule from 1975, it’s possible to give a snapshot of how the site has changed use. As with many military sites,

Star Hill Camp

A curious Saturday evening online search revealed a postcard for sale. Neither the subject or the recipient were or particular interest, but the address from which the postcard was sent piqued my interest: Dear EJH, Having a fine time.Fun day Sunday.Today Monday practically a cold day.Hope all are well.430 here Sunday130 Monday The postcard was

Navvies Constructing the Fort

Constructed as part of the London Defence Scheme, the fort at Knockholt (also known as the Polhill Fort and latterly Fort Halstead) was part of an extensive earthwork defensive system constructed on the North Downs. There were a total of thirteen mobilisation centres (also known as redoubts or forts) constructed in the late 19th Century.

The Origins of Fort Halstead

This history forms part of a larger RARDE history written by the late Peter Baigent around 1991. Peter had a long and distinguished career in weapons design at Fort Halstead. We are very grateful to his family for giving permission to publish Peter’s research. Fort Halstead originates from a scheme drawn up in 1888 by

Fort Halstead Retirement Group

Fort Halstead Retirement Group The FHRG is (almost certainly) the oldest group for working and retired Fort Halstead personnel. The FHRG has no membership fee, no Chairman or Secretary, no Treasurer and no AGM. This informality and the continuing health of the group relies solely on the availability of one or two people who recognise the