Alderstead (Merstham) Fort, Shepherd's Hill, Reigate - Reigate and Banstead

C19 mobilisation centre, one of 13 constructed on the North Downs for the defence of London. The scheduling comprises the infantry fort and detached tool store. Tree growth and poor drainage are causing problems and the fort has no current use or management. Discussions need to take place with the owners to agree a project to enable the site to be conserved and maintained.

Alderstead (Merstham) Fort, Shepherd's Hill, Reigate - Reigate and Banstead
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Site Details

  • Designated Site Name: Alderstead Fort: a London mobilisation centre at Merstham
  • Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument
  • List Entry Number: 1018073
  • Local Planning Authority: Reigate and Banstead
  • Site Type: Defence > Military building


  • Building Name: Alderstead (Merstham) Fort
  • Street Name: Shepherd's Hill
  • Locality: Reigate
  • County: Surrey
  • District / Borough: Reigate and Banstead
  • Parliamentary Constituency: Reigate
  • Region: South East

Assessment Information

  • Assessment Type: Building or structure
  • Condition: Poor
  • Occupancy / Use: Vacant/not in use
  • Priority: C - Slow decay; no solution agreed
  • Previous Priority: C
  • Ownership: Private