The Newhaven Fort in Sussex is introducing the public to its resident ghosts; Corporal Cornford, Tilly Meeching and Officer’s wife Elizabeth Grieve. These tours combine informative teachings about the history of the ghosts that reside in the Fort, as well as some of the best ghost stories from other forts around the country.
The last successful invasion of Britain occurred in 1066, since then our coasts have been guarded by various forts and castles located strategically throughout Britain. Newhaven Fort in its most recent form was built around the 1860’s and is considered the largest defence structure ever to be built in Sussex. It was also considered vital to Britain’s coastal defences throughout both World Wars 1 and World War 2.
‘Humour and History complete the evening as you laugh and scream your way around the fort.’
The fort suffered years of neglect and became almost completely derelict for a long period. It has now thankfully been restored and provides a visitor attraction to both Sussex locals and tourists visiting.
In terms of ghosts, many reports have been made by visitors to the Fort, of being pushed and of seeing dark figures slipping into the shadows when walking in the main tunnels. Additionally multiple orbs have been caught on the security cameras and monitoring systems. Some have even reported the noises of chains clinking.
Some believe the ghost of a woman called Martha, who committed suicide at the fort, still haunts it to this day, and is responsible for much of the sinister activity reported. The many exhibitions inside the fort are also a concentrated site for paranormal activity. There have been reports of footsteps and shuffling, and moans of suffering have also been heard on numerous occasions.
Organisers emphasise that this is a theatrical event and not a ghost hunt.
The ghost walks take place on these dates:
- Saturday 31st March
- Saturday 26th May
- Saturday 16th June
- Friday 20th July
- Friday 17th August
- Saturday 24th November
- Saturday 15th December
The tours will run from 8:00pm to 9:30pm
- £15 adults/£10 concessions
- £40 family ticket
Newhaven Fort, Fort Road Newhaven, BN9 9DS