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Shoreham-by-Sea sits in a spectacular position on the Sussex Coast, at the mouth of the River Adur and with the beautiful South Downs as a backdrop.

Shoreham is dominated by its modern port facilities.

The iconic terminal building for which Shoreham Airport is best known was opened in 1936.

Today the airport is extremely busy with private and commercial flying alike.

Shoreham history in 30 seconds Shoreham's importance is down to the role of the River Adur, which has been a key strategic place in Sussex for thousands of years.

The Normans in particular recognised the strategic significance of the Adur after the Battle of Hastings, although they would have known the river by a different name then.

Changes in the path taken by the Adur have necessitated changes in the harbour arrangements at Shoreham over the centuries.

At various times in the Middle ages parts of Shoreham were either flooded by the sea or washed away completely.

The bridge was built in 1781 and carried the bulk of the traffic passing along the coast for two centuries before being allowed a more graceful retirement.The rebuilding of the area after the war was done on a more permanent and substantial scale.The entrance to Shoreham Harbour is guarded by Shoreham Redoubt - a fort, sometimes called Kingston Redoubt built in 1857 as part of a chain of defences against potential invasion by the French.Shoreham Beach is a huge shingle bank which reaches across the mouth of the Adur from Lancing, forcing the river to travel parallel to the coast for the last mile or so of its journey to the sea.The bank has been built up by the action of longshore drift along the Sussex coast, sweeping sand and shingle from west to east over many years.