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A nation that turns its back on its history, the lessons and experiences of the past, good or bad,  undermines the foundations of its future.

Its likely that the Fort was abandoned by the British administration in the 1820’s. However, records exist of several attempts by interested parties to restore the site in one way or another dating back to the turn of the 20th Century.  The Fort also attracted interest when Chapman’s Peak Drive was opened in the 1920s which for the first time put Hout Bay on the tourism map. The most recent significant conservation/restoration attempt was precipitated by the Hout Bay Museum following a report in 1986 by local Architect and Planner, the late  Hugh Floyd. Floyd was a Trustee of the Museum and together with us Local Landscape Architect Bernard Oberholzer implemented much of the recommendations a year or so later.

The upgrade of the site included descriptive signage and the formalisation of what was thought to be the original access route from the upper to the lower precincts. However, it unclear as to whether or not any restoration of the fabric of the buildings took place other than the capping of some of the walls underlayed by a plastic damp proof layer to stop the furhter ingress of water.

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