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Report - Grain Fort, Kent. April 2014

Discussion in 'Military Sites' started by Vixxie, Jul 21, 2014.

  1. Vixxie

    Vixxie 28DL Regular User
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    Nothing overly exciting but because of historical value still worth mentioning.


    Some history:

    Grain Fort was built in the 1860s on the eastern end of the Hoo peninsula to control the entrance to the Medway, Kent, England.
    All surface structures were demolished in the 1960s, so all that remains are underground passages.
    Nearby is the 1855 Grain Tower Battery, an extensively remodelled East Coast type Martello Tower.

    Grain Tower was completed in 1855 and is similar to the earlier east coast Martello Towers being externally roughly circular but flattened on the east and north west sides; internally however it is completely circular. The tower has a slight taper towards the top. Externally it is built of granite blocks while inside the construction is of brick. As with the early Martello Towers, a central circular pillar rises from ground floor level to a vaulted ceiling above the first floor. The entrance is at first floor level with a doorway set into the north west side of the tower with a date stone of 1855 above the lintel.

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    Me and Pinkman visited the site in April. It was a nice and sunny day but we had to wait till the tides go away, otherwise there is no chance to get to the tower without a boat :) The path towards is bricked but obviously really muddy, don't recommend trying without the proper boots on. Saying that I was not prepared and had to be carried by Pinkman at few points.

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    Once you get close you will find a ladder. It looks quite dodgy but it's safe to climb. Then you can follow the stairs to walk about. There's not really much inside but the view from the top is beautiful.

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    All photos by Pinkman. Too bad we didn't take more. If you around the area have a go.
     
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  2. Pinkman

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    Re: Grain Fort, Kent

    As with Cliffe fort, the beauty in this place is in the architecture.
    It's so old that there isn't going to be much left lying around.
     
  3. Els

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    Re: Grain Fort, Kent

    Really must go here myself one day.
     
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    Re: Grain Fort, Kent

    looks a nice place to chill tbh
     
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    Re: Grain Fort, Kent

    Nice little place. Cheers for sharing :thumb
     
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    Missed this one before :thumb

    love these buildings

    "He had to carry me " lol you Romantics :)
     
  8. Wevsky

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    its much fun trying to make sure you dont get stranded out there..nice report matey
     
  9. norfolkexplorer

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    Sounds like a good trip, cant you just wait for the tide to go out again and have a jolly camping trip
     
  10. Wevsky

    Wevsky A Predisposed Tourist
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    Think styru did just that
     
  11. Vixxie

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    Yeah, I think maximum waiting time would be about 7h. Perfect for little drink and food session :)
     
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    Just noticed,,this isnt grain fort its grain tower battery..easy mistake to make tho
     
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    It won't last as a night club (if it really goes ahead), it'll probably just be wrecked then left to rot again!
     
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