The construction of the Fort Regent fortress we see today began on 7 November 1806, during the Napoleonic Wars, with the laying of a foundation stone by George Don the Lieutenant Governor of Jersey. The fort was built using local workers and men from the Royal Engineers, with an average of 800 men working at any given time. This enabled the substantial amount of work to be completed 8 years later, in 1814. It was given the name Fort Regent in honour of Prince Regent, who was King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland at this time. The design of the fort is credited to Lieutenant-General John Humfrey, and it is thought that Lieutenant-Colonel John Evelegh would have also worked on the final plans. The fort's main features are substantial curtain walls, ditches, a glacis, redoubts, bastions, and redans (or demi-bastions). There was a parade ground in the centre, which is now built upon, and covered with a roof.

During the Occupation of the Channel Islands the German forces made some additions to the fort including flak cannons. Some of these concrete structures remain today. In December 1967 the States of Jersey made a decision to adapt the site into a leisure centre.

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Founded: 1814
Category: Castles and fortifications in United Kingdom

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SARAH BANCROFT (2 years ago)
Great facilities Especially the soft play for the young one's. Gym, karate club etc. Now currently the Jersey Covid-19 vaccination centre. Restrooms, cafe on site. Future plans to become a casino apparently.
Robert Godfray (2 years ago)
This is currently jerseys COVID vaccination centre which is well run.l believe you can still play some sports there but not sure which ones
ste Wars (3 years ago)
What a waist of space, they could make something much better here.
Rachael Fox-Spencer (3 years ago)
Great soft play in amazing building. Staff lovely
Alison Gladman (4 years ago)
Nothing much open at the moment due to covid
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