HOPE INN - 1930

The curious door

By Laurie Stonehouse

The following picture shows the Hope Inn in her original design.  The sea house is to the extreme left of the picture, whilst the next two terraced houses were soon to be consumed by the Hope Inn.  This popular public house has had many renovations since the 1950's. The curious door next to the Hope seems to lead up to the fort, a few of the curved bricks from this entrance still remain, can anyone add further details about this strange doorway from the past.

Photo:Hope Inn - c1930

Hope Inn - c1930

G Amy Collection

Photo:Hope Inn / Fort Entrance - c1930

Hope Inn / Fort Entrance - c1930

Edited from the top picture

Photo:Remains of the Fort Entrance - 2009

Remains of the Fort Entrance - 2009

Laurie Stonehouse

This page was added by Laurie Stonehouse on 01/12/2009.
Comments about this page

Have you tried the fort itself? They might have copies of the construction drawings which would explain about the reason for the door.

By Pete2
On 01/12/2009

As a nipper I used to slip under the fence and wander around the old fort with my friends. I remember there being a long rubble-filled tunnel at the end of which would have been the moat. There was a defensive position here where you could look out of the slit 'windows' and see the road outside and the harbour entrance. I'm assuming this door would have given access to the area at the bottom of the tunnel.

By Rob Patten
On 09/12/2009

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