During the mid 19th century Britain and France found themselves in a ‘Cold War’.
As a result of the French building a new fleet of modern steam and sail ironclads, armed with the new rifled guns, and their building of a new naval port at Cherbourg, the public faith in the Royal Navy to protect the country from a possible invasion was low. Britain’s fleet was still the same type of ships that had beaten the French at Trafalgar in 1805.
The British response was a ‘crash’ naval building programme to out build the French with ironclad warships armed with rifled guns, to improve naval bases and to start a massive national scheme to upgrade the coastal defences.
Slough Fort at Allhallows was built as part of this programme.
Meanwhile, two major civil engineering groups are playing an active part in the restoration of the Redsand Towers. They are Mowlem Marine (now Carillion) and Taylor Woodrow. Project Redsand are extremely grateful to both companies for their foresight and dedication to the conservation of our heritage. Both Mowlem and Taylor Woodrow have provided costly services to Project Redsand without charge. Both companies have supported the Project from the outset and without their support, this project would be difficult to realise.
Support and Consent
Contact has been made with Government agencies, and others who may be able to be of help and assistance in the project. The response to date has been encouraging, with support and/or approval to proceed having been received from:
Project Redsand launches Maunsel Monthly Newsletter. This monthly publication will bring you news about the forts located at Redsands and all things happening along the coastline nearby both inn Kent and Essex.
We will keep you posted on the restoration project as it progresses, what our aim are for the coming months and indeed years. There will be related news and lots more.