The coastal battery south of Easington was built as Fort Godwin and became operational in 1915. Its aim was to protect the entrance to the River Humber. During World War I it was equipped with two 9.2 inch breech-loading guns. Underground there were magazines and crew shelters. During World War II it was equipped with a new pair of searchlights.
By the mid 1990s, coastal erosion had taken its toll and the firing positions and supporting infrastructure were lying in fragments on the beach where they still remain.