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  1. visited with alanmowbs82 this was the last of the dover shelters we needed to do, popped down for a quick look and sadly now all locked up again, apart from the fire damage it's still in pretty good nick and a few decent photo opportunities, history here: http://thetimechamber.co.uk/beta/sites/deep-shelters-air-raid-shelters/st-martins-battery-deep-shelter-dover 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. cheers for looking
  2. Visited this one night back in may with a non-member, it's one of the better shelters in\around dover imo, I forgot that I had been there so that's why the report is a bit late! little bit of history can be found here: http://www.undergroundkent.co.uk/index.php/2013-08-29-00-41-19/deep-shelters/south-foreland-battery-deep-shelter 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. thanks for looking
  3. This is like the holy grail for all us Kent guys, I've been waitinga very long 4 years to get in here, Have lost count of the amount of times I had "dropped by" on the off chance of some one having made it possible but always to no avail, Id also eyed a particular possibility up a fair few times but had been Incorrectly informed that it was fruitless, Turned out it wasn't and some one else had the very same idea!!!!, Goes to show always go with your hunches! Right so on with some Pictures, PIC HEAVY ! A beautiful bit of original Graff, there's tons of it in here! Ill apologize for the sheer weight of Images, But I took hundreds and felt compelled to share!
  4. This was the one and only Deep Shelter at St Margaret's that I hadn't done, Mainly as in previous years I hadn't found it, I got a text from Space Invader saying he was at a loose end and did I fancy going and doing some thing local, I thought yeah why not so off we went and found ourselves here. A nice aerial shot of the site; A bit of history about the site, Its construction and the fire power employed; This was a coastal artillery battery with four Mark X 9.2 inch guns and a network of bunkers and ammunition stores, northeast of the lighthouse on the road to St Margarets. The site was cleared after the war, but traces remain albeit heavily overgrown. Excavations started on 28 December 1940 and the first gun arrived on 25 March 1941, although No. 4 gun was not test fired until 28 November of that year. Their best-known action came a few months later, on 12 February 1942, when the light battleships Gneisenau, Scharnhorst and the heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen attempted the Channel Dash from Brest back to Germany. The K band radar at South Foreland started to track the ships of the Brest Group coming up the Channel towards Cap Gris Nez. At 12:19, the first salvo was fired; since maximum visibility was five miles, there was no observation of fall of shot by either sight or radar. The "blips" of the K-set clearly showed the zig-zagging of the ships and full battery salvo firing began without verifying fall-of-shot. 33 rounds were fired at the German ships, which were moving out of range at 30 kn (35 mph; 56 km/h). Initially it was thought that four hits had been made, but the Germans revealed that all had missed. By the end of the war the four guns had expended 2,248 shells, most in the months before and after the Normandy landings. 28 enemy ships were confirmed sunk between all the coastal batteries around Dover and the deterrent effect was significant A couple of Original photos from when the site was in full operation And the pics taken from my visit to the Shelter Thanks for taking the time to look through my Pics, I had a great time visiting this place, I would Highly recommend going to experience it for yourselves ! !
  5. One truly great explore and something not a lot of people get too see as its been sealed for a good few years. a big place and spent a few hours down their, loved all the old graffiti and history of the place and im also pleased it got sealed back up before anyone got in too wreck it and ruin anything. pictures aren't the best as i think i was a bit excited but it gives you the general idea :-). bit of history: Esplanade Level was the name given to the proposed conversion of the Trevanion Caves, chapel caves and Athol Terrace Caves and is the lowest level below dover castle, there is reportedly another level below this (foundation level) but this has yet to be proven. before the war The 1,600ft long Guilford Tunnel was dug to connect the three systems together to be used as air raid protection. thanks for looking.
  6. Dover Derelict Flat Block

    Hi Often driven past this location and always wondered if anyone has even been inside or if its accessible. As you are driving down the A20 in Dover you go past the old flats which are now all boarded up. Anyone got any info? https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Dover/@51.1241131,1.3156796,280m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x47dea4d1553332ff:0x32785c875ad74851
  7. Wasn't going to bother with a report as to be fair there may be one from about 4 years ago from me,well it was this mixed with another place.. Anyhow its sunday and im so very bored so here's some pics from a recent less crowded trip Brief stolen history Pictors And an odd portrait one cos i dont have another to match it up Nothing new by any means but i was killing time in here so be rude not to grab some more updated pics
  8. Having seen the report go up from The Wickerman of his and Obscuritys mission to get into this place I thought it was about time i got myself down for a look myself.We had checked it out not long after the event and decided it was more than a little sketchy access wise so backed out ! Fast forward a few months and i was back and managed to get myself in and out without injury Big shout to Obs and The Wickerman for the determination and perseverance in cracking this place it certainly isn't a walk in kinda explore.. History stolen from the same place as The wickerman got his no doubt On with a few fisheyed to fuck pics as there is only so many you can get from this place ,it's a ruin of a place but still nice in itself.. Thanks for looking!
  9. I have held out on this for a very long time trying to find history "Just that little bit different", But failed miserably, Theres lots out there referring to title deeds, Access rights under peoples gardens etc but no real history about who built it and when, When construction started and when it was finalized etc. Visited with a very good friend of mine who despite much nagging still hasn't joined up on here , Anyways enough of my drivel on with some pics And thats all folks, Thanks for browsing through my piccies
  10. I have visited these tunnels many times but never captured a complete set i was happy with. Went down with the fisheye this time as the sigma is in the shop Visited with Obscurity and a non member Pics.. Toilet blocks can be seen on the left spur. there is several different construction types used and parts have been bored out using a machine and my favourite shot.. Thanks for looking and sorry about fisheye overkill..sigmas out the shop soon so back to 10-200mm very soon
  11. A little bit of torrential rain put us off of our planned explore, luckily this little gem was the backup! really tidy little set of tunnels including the bits cut with the new tunnel boring machine, strange to go into a set and not see a load of chalk graf but kinda nice History here: http://www.subterraneanhistory.co.uk/2007/02/winchelsea-caves-dover.html those chairs, even thou i knew they were there still caused a fright, i smashed my head on the ceiling one whilst doing the silohette on the last shot
  12. bit of a mixture on this one, found it difficult to get any decent photos in here, visited lower/upper oil mills, scotts cave, doe and the other one up top (someone help!) and only managed a handful of shots, also managed to mis-compose the bell in DOE difficult to find history on these worth reading, but found this little gem re the first time the oil mills went up, nice little read!
  13. Detached Bastion Drop Redoubt St. Martin's Battery This whole area must be a doggers paradise. Condoms everywhere, a smell of shame in the air, and we found a bloody carrot! The Grand Shaft Thanks for looking, hope you enjoyed
  14. Fort Burgoyne was completed in 1890 and was one of the Palmerston Forts built to protect Dover from both sea and inland attacks from the French. It is joined to the former Connaught Barracks which was used until recently. Now there are plans underway to develop Connaught into housing. We hit many sites this day, most with limited or no success. Annoyingly, we arrived here with about an hour of sunlight remaining, and given the perilous entry/exit, we left before it was total darkness. It was hard enough getting about in daylight! Thanks for looking, hope you enjoyed
  15. UK Attached Sebastian - Sept 2013

    We popped in here over the summer for the first time, quite liked it here, nice and peaceful...until I heard someone outside with their lad, peeped out the access hole to see none other that our own Silverainbow Was a busy day, as a poor badger had found his way in, but sadly not his way out. This place was to be his last splore So here is part of one of many Napoleonic War defences along this stretch of coastline, all with fascinating histories including WWI&II. Some info can be found here Anyway, got a few pics but forgot to snap Mr Badger! He did smell a bit fresh so didn't want to hang around him too long..
  16. Just thought id whack a few pics up from last time I went here with Maniac Cheers for looking , Frostaaaaay.
  17. Was going thru my old reports on here and found the 2010 report i did but for some reason when i went back and did a day time visit and saw a hell of a lot more i seem to have not posted this here. So here it is rather late than never Fort Burgoyne was originally known as Castle Hill Fort,I have over 200 pages of info on this site explaining historical background the history of the fort and description also details of current condition etc..but im not going to bore the crap out of you so ill just Quote a small section from the history � Thank you for looking
  18. The original house was built in 1797 by William Knocker, former Mayor of Dover, he built the house and named the area "Bushy Ruff". He also excavated the lake to power his paper mills in the area. The house was built with a Italian feel to impress his visitors. Since then there has been some work in order to rebuild the house which has since stopped and been abandoned, there is also some fire damage on the roof. Since then the house has just been left to rot.
  19. UK Drop Redoubt, Dover - May 2013

    This is one of two Forts at Western Heights. This is only available on open days and we were lucky enough to get a tour by the Western Heights Preservation Society on an open day. Visited with Kent Underground and Abandoned Places. Thanks for reading
  20. UK Drop Redoubt Dover, Kent, 2013

    Well guys, this has been covered on more than one occasion, and I've visited this site on more than one of the numerous open days over previous years never been lucky enough to get any Pics due to the hoards of people all over the place, So when one very kind Barry Stewart offered me free reign of the place for a few hours obviously I happily and very gratefully took him up on his offer. So, For a bit of History ; The Drop Redoubt is one of the two forts on Western Heights, and is linked to the other, the Citadel, by a series of dry moats (the lines). It is, arguably, the most impressive and immediately noticeable feature on Dover’s Western Heights. The artillery at the Redoubt faced mostly inland; it was intended to attack an invading force attempting to capture Dover from the rear. The construction of the Redoubt was in two periods: the first being from 1804-1808 during the Napoleonic Wars, and the second from 1859-1864 following the recommendations of the 1859 Royal Commission. The original form of the Drop Redoubt was a simple pentagon, formed by cutting trenches into the hillside and revetting (facing) them with brickwork. Thus, the Redoubt was a solid ‘island’ with barracks, magazine, and artillery, on top. Originally, it would have accommodated 200 troops but, by 1893, the numbers had been reduced to just 90. A striking feature of the first period is the Soldiers’ Quarters – five bomb-proof casemates. These are parabolic in cross section and covered in a thick layer of earth to withstand the effect of mortar-bombs. The windows at the rear of each open into a trench, to protect them against blast. The rise of Napoleon III during the 1850s caused a further invasion scare, and a Royal Commission was set up in 1859 to investigate the defences of Britain. As a result, more work was deemed necessary at the Heights, and the Drop Redoubt had its defences improved. Caponiers were added to four of the corners of the existing fort (each with a stone staircase leading up to the top of the Redoubt), and gunrooms were built alongside two of them to allow fire along the North and South-East Lines. The original magazine was enlarged, and covered with a large earth bank as protection from mortar-fire. The Officers’ Quarters, Guardroom, and cells also date from this period. They can be distinguished from the earlier work by the semi-circular shape of their arches. During World War II, the Redoubt housed a squad of commandos that, in the event of invasion, would have been responsible for destroying Dover Harbour. Their presence was secret and the lines around the Redoubt were mined. Evidence of their stay are the sally ports in Caponiers 1 & 2, and the short tunnel leading from the encircling line to Drop Redoubt Road. The entrance to Drop Redoubt was via a bridge. The inner third of this was pivoted so that the Redoubt could be isolated. The pivot and the recess into which the bridge swung can still be seen, although the bridge has long since gone. In the 1980s, a temporary scaffolding bridge was built by the army to enable access for guided tours of the Redoubt, but this was removed in the middle 1990s to prevent unauthorised entry and vandalism. Originally, the Redoubt was to be equipped with 12 smooth bore 24-pounder guns and two carronades. However, it is unlikely that many were installed since the Napoleonic Warwas almost over by the time construction was completed. In 1851, only three 24-pounders were in place, with six 12-pounder saluting guns and an 8†mortar. Following the Second Period, eleven Armstrong 64-pounder Rifled Breech Loaders were installed on traversing carriages. These proved unsatisfactory and a return was made to muzzle loaders. Well, That's all folks, Thanks for taking a look More can be found out about this fantastic Structure Here; http://www.doverwesternheights.org/
  21. I’ve lived in and around Dover all my life and as a kid I can remember riding my bike around some of the long forgotten tunnels that the local council filled in during the 1970’s! I’ve been down some more times than I care to remember but they always hold a fascination..sadly most are now well trashed and in a poor state and are under threat of being sealed up and lost forever.. So it seems fitting that they should be given a new lease of life and used in a few creative pictures! I mean, during their time they were subjected to a lot worse from the invaders across the water! Hope you enjoy them and if you are ever in these parts then give me shout..Dover tours easily arranged! Always up to mischief! This was shot in an old Napoleonic fort up at the western heights Lighting up the old Napoleonic fort The blue vortex – abandoned fort Dover Lighting up the staircase Inside Langdon Hole deep shelter Down another local deep shelter The green vortex – deep shelter Dover It burns..it burns…another deep shelter Dover.. The urbex time tunnel Domes underground in deep shelter Domes and sparks – old bomb store Dover That buttock clenching moment when you may have just set your camera on fire ! Fan bay lights in the dark – Dover Lighting up the lights at Fan Bay – Dover More good use of an old WWII bomb store Domes, Sparks and darkness – underneath an gun emplacement - Dover urbex psychedelia on drugs this is just a fraction of the crazy shizzle that goes on down here !
  22. This has been the one shelter i dover that's eluded me due to the entrance or rather the route down to it!three years ago i had a go and last year but my body would not allow me to go down the ever disappearing cliff path to it.. Fast forward 3 years and with a lot of encouragement from the guys i finally got down to it ..cheers lads Visited with SpaceInvader Obscurity and UrbanJunky was a great meet up and pukka day out Brief blagged history Lydden Spout Battery was constructed in 1941 on the cliffs between Dover and Folkestone. This consisted of three 6� naval gun positions, magazines, gun rooms, a plotting room and a large deep shelter. The guns were removed in the 1970’s but the foundations are still visible to date. All underground parts are in a good condition. Above ground most buildings were demolished but an officers mess remains and is now used as a cow shed Pics Thanks for looking and im rather chuffed i got down there..thanks again to the guys for getting me down there:thumb
  23. Honestly thought id posted this up but i cant find it on here anywhere.I did a joint report on this and langdon hole in 2010 Pics where taken with flash as i didnt have a tripod back then so these are a lot better Visited with urban ginger If any one spots this report on here already please give me a shout and ill delete the duplicate Thanks for looking
  24. Few pics from St Martins, nice little shelter, could also be known as the nutcracker! Sorry pretty crappy pics! Frosty.
  25. Just chucking this back up as redoing all my reports, visited with fortknox0, history is on his report, truely a special place! Sorry its pic heavy! Frosty.