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Report - cliffe fort, Kent 01/08/08

Discussion in 'Military Sites' started by DarkStar, Aug 18, 2008.

  1. DarkStar

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    Cliffe fort was built in the 1860's as a defence against the invasion of London via the Thames estuary. In 1890 a land based torpedo was added and the launching rails can still be seen leading down to the river.
    It was used during the 1940's as an anti-aircraft gun site. It is now owned privately, and the company has a gravel extraction site just outside the fort walls. In the early '80's the fort was closed to the public as a fatal accident happened, it was used as a spot for the local kids to hang around. The Fort is empty now and just being left to rot. The ground floor and the courtyard inside is flooded, thou i'm not sure how deep it is. I have been warned that it very unwise to wade in water. An old family friend who comes from the area
    reports that it has deep shafts that lead to an old underground sections which is now also flooded.






    After deciding on our best route over, and managing to find our way into the Fort, night had fallen and i lost the light. Didn't get the photos I wanted, guess I'll have to go back. Hope you Guys and Girls enjoy the photos
    as much as I did taking them!

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  2. Ordnance

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    Also used during WW1 & II in conjunction with the detachment at Coalhouse Fort (East Tilbury, Essex and now a Military Museum) on the opposite bank, controlled "Degausing loop" cables laid on the river bed. These cables indicated the effectivness of the anti-magnetic mine countermeasures. In the occasional event of vessels readings on the pen recorder indicating innsufficient anti-magnetic protection then that vessel would be ordered to the nearest degausing station for rectification.

    Cliffe Fort is very similar to Coalhouse Fort on the opposite bank as they were built about the same time, but modified differently during the 2 World Wars. They do not have any extensive underground bunkers I am aware of due to the fact they are built on marchland and (as seen at Cliffe Fort) very prone to flooding! The Ammuntion Bunkers were built into the aboveground fortifications.

    Cliffe Fort is a Scheduled Ancient Monument, which have statutory protection. A total of four monuments are located on the Hoo Peninsula (Cliffe Fort, Cooling Castle, St. Mary’s Priory and the Coastal Artillery Defences at Grain) A further four sites within the Hoo Peninsula are currently proposed for future scheduling (Cliffe Cement Works A & B, the Curtis’s and Harvey explosives factory, Slough Fort and a decoy pond)

    Note Cliffe Fort is listed as a Scheduled Ancient Monument and not as a Listed Buildings which limits the amount of work that can be done on them, but protects the sites from 'Extensive Development'


    The area was the subject of a Planing Enquiry for a proposed airport.
    #2 Ordnance, Aug 30, 2008
    Last edited: Aug 30, 2008
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