Anthony J Sargeant had a home just outside the fortress which he bought in 1985. It was a three storey wooden house built at the end of the 19th Century. At that time only houses built of wood were allowed outside the fortress itself. In the event of war those houses that might provide cover for an enemy advancing on the fortress could be burnt to the ground to give the guns a clear field of fire. It was a wonderful house where his two children spent the early years of their life.