Kingston Beach (Shoreham )
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Shoreham-by-Sea sits on the West Sussex coast approximately mid-way between Worthing and Brighton. There has been some kind of harbour here since Roman times. Kingston Beach lies within this harbour, where the River Adur enters the sea.
The beach itself is composed of shingle and gravel, with a number of wooden groynes sloping into the sea. At low tide a small area of wet sand and gravel is exposed. Visitors come here to walk, fish and to enjoy watersports, although there is no zoning for watersports and no lifeguard cover.
Behind the beach is a small area of sand, on which sits the Kingston Lighthouse, a working structure, originally built in the mid-19th century. Behind the lighthouse runs the A259 and a row of houses. The RNLI Shoreham lifeboat station is adjacent to the beach.
The harbour is used by a mix of commercial and leisure vessels. At the entrance to the harbour, across from the beach are the remains of Shoreham Redoubt, a fort built in Victorian times on the orders of Lord Palmerston, to guard against the perceived threat of an invasion from the French.