The existing fort, with its square tower and rectangular surrounds, was built in 1758. A dry ditch surrounded it, with access by drawbridge through a single gate that faced landward. At the time of the Battle of Jersey, in 1781, it was known as Fort Conway, and French spies reported that it had a garrison of 25 men and six cannon. In fact the garrison was five companies of the 83rd Regiment, the Royal Glasgow Volunteers, commanded by Captain Campbell. Far from being a small detachment the garrison was over 200 strong. Thirty years later Colonel Humfrey’s Report of 1811 said the fort housed four 24-pounder cannon. During the Occupation the Germans added the two projecting ‘lugs’ to the tower to take searchlights and added a combined personnel and ammunition shelter at the base. This was entered through a doorway in the landward side of the dry moat. The anti-tank wall running from the beach in front of the Fort to Fort William was strengthened by two 105mms Coastal Gun casemates, which had concrete walls over 6 feet thick (two metres).
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