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HMS Forward Newhaven - Lewes Bonfire Night Celebrations
July 18, 2014 at 9:31 pm by v
Have known about these secret HMS Forward tunnels in Newhaven for years, ever since I explored the Newhaven Fort complex 35 yrs ago and long before it was commercialised as a tourist attraction. Finally found the location of the entry point to the HMS Forward secret tunnel complex and it is actually in South Heighton only a few miles away and I took only photos and left only my footprints.
The following was Taken from this Secret Tunnels Website. Deep beneath South Heighton, one mile north of Newhaven in East Sussex, lie the forgotten remains of a once vibrant maritime intelligence centre. Recent research revealed just how vital this secret establishment was to the war effort. In June 2000 English Heritage declared these tunnels to be of National Importance.
These wartime tunnels were excavated by the Royal Engineers 172nd Tunnelling Coy, beneath Glynde Estates and other private property from 3rd June to November 1941 under Emergency Powers Legislation for the Defence of the Realm. They were neither recorded nor registered at the time for reasons of absolute security. Following the war the MOD paid compensation to the landowner(s), and the tunnel became private property.
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