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Lead or Rumour info - Old Army Training houses in Chattenden (Near Rochester/Chatham, Kent)

davepobodonostev

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#1
Absolutely kicking myself for not trying this one. No-one seems to know much about these but the only thing that most people could tell me is that these were used when the british army would train for Ireland. I think these were for bomb disposal training or something like that.

A friend of a friend managed to get in a good few years ago but he didnt really say much about it and i didnt really know him to ask

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These are the houses here

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=me3...941&sspn=14.462703,28.256836&vpsrc=6&t=h&z=19

This is the route that is easiest
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As long as you have a copy of this to hand it will make sense when you're there. It pretty much follows a path.



If you're not sure where it is just zoom out from this

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=cha...941&sspn=14.462703,28.256836&vpsrc=6&t=h&z=19

Of course I haven't been in the two years since I moved from there! Be careful though because one of the roofs have fallen down on the terrace.

Also in the woods there are some old bunkers near the enterance but 2 have been concreted up and the only open on has been flooded and filled with bikes and stuff.

Have fun, I'd love to see what these look like inside but i live too far away now to check it out.
 
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PeZ

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#2
Was here ealier this year.... place is pretty ruined.... think i was told they belonged to those who worked at were the bunkers are... or something i dont belive they are for training purposes.
 

davepobodonostev

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#3
Was here ealier this year.... place is pretty ruined.... think i was told they belonged to those who worked at were the bunkers are... or something i dont belive they are for training purposes.
Hmmm possibly. I'm only going on what ive been told by the locals. What is there inside? Any photos?
 

Ordnance

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#8
They were once Married Soldiers Quarters to start with, but were later used for FIBUA (Fighting in Built Up Areas) and REST (Royal Engineers Search Teams) Training. The Army use a lot of old MSQ houseing stock in this way. The Search School is now part of DEMSS (Defence EOD, Muntions & Search School) and is moving into a state of the art new training area at Bicester in Oxfordshire.

By the way, t is not normal to give access information on the forum however.
 
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snappy

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#9
I know this is a bit of a late post, but I have trained there, I searched these buildings with an Arms and Explosives Search dog, the houses were set up with booby traps. Instead of an explosion a buzzer went off. They were pretty empty 7 years ago, so wouldn't envisage there being much to see now.
 

sapperted

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#10
Used since the early 80s to train sappers in search techniques for northern irelend, the whole of this site and lodge hill will be gone soon as they are clearing ready for sale
 

peebee

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#11
Just found this on the internet, I went to Lodge Hill on the 29th May 2013, the first time since 1960. I used to live in 11 South Terrace, the one thats been demolished.
I can only say that most of the posts are about what the houses were used for in the 70's and 80's for training, however the houses were built around the late 1800's by convict labour. At least that's what I was told as a young lad.
The houses were for employee's who worked at RNAD lodge Hill, the naval armaments depot that serviced Chatham dockyard and the many ships that required re-arming.
When the RNAD closed in 1961 and handed over to the Army I have no Idea what happened to the Houses as most of/nearly all the people who resided there were sent/transferred to other RNAD sites, my father who worked in Naval Stores was transferred to RNAD Priddy's Hard, Gosport.
On my visit I was surprised how much it had all changed, and also how much it had become overgrown along the lane and round the houses. Also the fact that the actual Depot had been virtually demolished, although the old Victorian magazines remain.
 

cliveh

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#12
They were Police Quarters in 1909 When it was the RN Ordnance Depot according to my Admiralty plan of the site
 

exchattenden

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#13
Bit late but not the only one - they are going to demolish the terraces in 1949! The occupants then were Royal Marine Police, including my grandfather - I used to stay in North Terrace with my family.
I always thought it a shame - the houses were a bit cramped but spotless - the gardens immaculate - weeds were not allowed to grow and vegetables had to grow in file by numbers.
The social centre had a snooker table and lemonade and crisps!
If anyone wants info on the area let me know before it (and I) are concreted over.