HMS Forward (1939 - 1945)

(The Secret Tunnels of South Heighton)


Deep beneath South Heighton, one mile north of Newhaven in East Sussex, lie the forgotten remains of a once vibrant maritime intelligence centre. Recent research revealed just how vital this secret establishment was to the war effort.

In June 2000 English Heritage declared these tunnels to be of National Importance.

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"AFTER THE BATTLE" magazine ATB135, published on 15 February 2007 contains a 6000-word well-illustrated 12-page article about HMS Forward. Available by post from


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All illustrations and text on this site are 1941- 2021 Geoffrey Ellis, or The Friends of HMS Forward, or Nick Catford.