History | Rye Harbour Nature Reserve
Camber Castle

History

Camber Castle

During the past 700 years the Rye Harbour coastline has changed dramatically and the new flatland was threatened by invasion during three periods: Tudor, Napoleonic and the Second World War, and the military buildings constructed mark the ancient shorelines: Camber Castle (500 years ago), Martello Towers (200 years ago) and Blockhouses (75 years ago). The sea defences have been developed and strengthened during the last two hundred years, but as sea levels rise, the land and its habitats will come under threat from flooding.


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Camber Castle

Camber Castle

Henry VIII’s Camber Castle lies within the nature reserve between Rye and Winchelsea.
 
Pillboxes

Pillboxes

There are many World War Two pillboxes hidden in and around the nature reserve.
 
The Martello Tower

The Martello Tower

This is one of ten Martello Towers built more than 200 years ago on the coast to defend against the threat of invasion during the Napoleonic Wars.
 
Flight Lieutenant Harry R Hamilton

Flight Lieutenant Harry R Hamilton

Flight Lieutenant Harry R Hamilton died on 29th August 1940 when the Hurricane he was flying crashed near Camber Castle.
 

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