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HARWICH & THE REDOUBT RAMBLE

On a clear and crisp sunny morning 23 “amblers” (including one little dog!) met in Dovercourt to
walk along the waterfront to the Redoubt Fort in Harwich, passing the high and low lighthouses on
the way. There was plenty of activity on the water, with cargo ships coming into Felixstowe and
several lasers and finns from the Harwich Town Sailing Club racing.

When we reached the Redoubt David Whittle, Vice Chairman of the Harwich Society, was waiting to give us a tour of the fort. It is a Martello Tower which was built in 1808 to defend against a
Napoleonic invasion and, as well as there being several guns and cannons, now houses many little
exhibitions in the chambers on the ground floor.

It went through a period of neglect, but in 1969 a massive clearance by volunteers began of the site, getting rid of old cars, rubbish, undergrowth and trees, and they also unearthed an original cannon which is on display. Restoration of the building then took place and there are now many events held there through the year.

Unfortunately we had to leave before we could finish looking around in order to get back to the
restaurant for our lunch, some taking the short cut. All in all a very nice trip with good company and
good food.