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Napoleonic Barracks 480m south-west of Foxhole Farm, Cuckmere Haven

A Scheduled Monument in Cuckmere Valley, East Sussex

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Latitude: 50.7614 / 50°45'40"N

Longitude: 0.1542 / 0°9'15"E

OS Eastings: 552029.2337

OS Northings: 97966.939699

OS Grid: TV520979

Mapcode National: GBR LSY.3T5

Mapcode Global: FRA C762.HWN

Entry Name: Napoleonic Barracks 480m south-west of Foxhole Farm, Cuckmere Haven

Scheduled Date: 21 December 1976

Last Amended: 22 June 2012

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1002201

English Heritage Legacy ID: ES 435

County: East Sussex

Civil Parish: Cuckmere Valley

Traditional County: Sussex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): East Sussex

Church of England Parish: West Dean All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Chichester


Site of Napoleonic barracks of 1804.

Source: Historic England


The barracks site is located on the east side of the Cuckmere valley, south-west of Foxhole Farm at TV5202897955. The site comprises a series of very slight earthworks with some buildings seen as parch marks in appropriate conditions. As plotted by the National Mapping Programme, it is a linear site on a north-west to south-east alignment. Approximately a dozen rectangular buildings and/or enclosures are arranged in a manner which is suggestive, at least in part, of a central linear space between the buildings, perhaps a road or track. The north-western extent of the site is located as approximately TV5199397994. An additional building identified through the county aerial catalogue 2006 appears to be somewhat detached from the others and forms the northern extent of the known site.

To the south-east of the barracks is a water management system comprising a circular and rectangular trough with linking pipework are not contemporary with the barracks as they appear late C19 or early C20 in form and are first shown on the OS 1909 1:2500 map. They are not included in the scheduled area.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

The site of Napoleonic Barracks 480m south-west of Foxhole Farm, Cuckmere Haven is scheduled for the following principal reasons:
* Potential: the monument has the potential to provide evidence of the plan and functioning of temporary Napoleonic coastal barracks sites, as well as the lifestyle of the troops stationed here;
* Documentation: evidence from aerial photographic surveys and documentary research has enhanced knowledge of the extent, establishment and function of the site;
* Group value: the monument is part of a continuum of defence from at least the Elizabethan period in this highly strategic valley; which was always perceived as vulnerable to enemy attack. It has group value with other defensive structures in the Haven.

Source: Historic England


Seven Sisters Country Park, accessed from
Bannister, N, R, Chyngton Farm Historic Landscape Survey , 1999,
East Sussex HER record MES3013 (barracks) & MES16433 (troughs),
National Monuments Recor monument number TV 59 NW33,
National Monuments Record select aerial photographs:
RAF/CPE/UK/1947, FS 2006, 22.1.1947
RAF/58/613. RP3251, 5.4.1951
MAL/58327, 61715, 3.6.1958
NMR 15391/01, TV 5297/4, 15.8.1995,

Source: Historic England

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