Started in 2011, the Littlehampton Fort Restoration Project is the vision of Andy Orpin, and the team he has assembled in order to see the currently damaged and overgrown Fort restored to its former glory.
This fort played a real significant part in our history, it was the very first Palmerston Fort. Without this experimental site, the forts covering Portsmouth may not have ever been constructed.
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I have always had a huge interest in the Fort since I moved to Littlehampton back in 2003. I wondered what was underneath all that foliage, and began to ask around. Lots of local people can recall playing in there as a child, and I loved listening to people’s memories of the Fort. I was so jealous of that experience that I decided to do something about it, I wanted to find out what was there still.
I did some research, talked to lots of people, and found out what I had to do to get involved, and that’s how the Fort Restoration Project began.
My dad (Leonard Orpin) died in 2011. It would have made him so proud to see me accomplish something like this. Like me, Dad also liked anything military. He served in the RAF regiment during the war, and during my teenage years, was always supportive of me in the cadet forces.
Prior to his passing, he was always so interested to hear how I was getting on with the project. It would have been nice for him to see what I have already achieved, but that is now not possible. I know deep down that he is here with me, on my journey to save this Fort.
~ Andy Orpin (Project Manager and Chairman)