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Report - Grain battery tower- march 2013

Discussion in 'Military Sites' started by soylent green, Mar 5, 2013.

  1. soylent green

    soylent green 28DL Regular User
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    A mate of mine mentioned to me about the Spit of Grain Battery Tower so i took a trip to the seaside to check it out, well not quite the sea:)! Parked the car and put on my wellies which was a good idea and headed off along the brick causeway, when i got to the tower i used a ladder which someone kindly left:)! Once inside i discovered some fabulous views and great brickwork architecture! A nice easy explore and well worth a lot!
    Some history from subterranean history

    Grain Tower is located on a spit off the Isle of Grain in Kent, it wasbuilt in 1855 as a Martello Tower type structure,with cannons mounted on the roof and barrack accomodation and magazines below.At low tide the tower can be reached by a causeway, but at high tideit is completely surround by water.The tower was upgraded during the first few years of the 20th century, and mounted with two quick-firing guns.A two storey adjoining accommodation block was built in WW2 when the tower was re-armed with two six-poounder guns, and a third-storey observation post built on top of the tower. The tower was manned until the 1950s and is a very interesting example of how advances in artillery resultedin adaption of a defence structure, with many features still remaining, it now however, remains empty and deteriorating with an unknown future.

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    Thanks for taking the time to look:thumb
     

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