By Space Invader
Found this place a ltttle disappointing to start with many of the rooms were plain white wash shells but then i found the staircase. Which made up for what the rest of the place lacked right on with the pics ...
a little history...
Thanet Place was a large mansion with gardens overlooking the sea, previously owned by the “Beef Baron�, Sir Edmund Vesty, which was 400 yards away from the old home. This catered for 24 residential & 20 day care children. All the suitable furniture & fittings were bought to the new house, even the memorial clock which ticked away for many years in the entrance hall of the old St Marys, was given pride of place in the new entrance hall. Though considerably smaller the new premises even had its own chapel.
in 1982 Kent County Council withdrew its financial support for the Home claiming that at £1,600 per week it was too expensive to use, & refused to send anymore children there. A massive protest campaign to save St Marys from closure was backed by the Archbishop & Dean of Canterbury, the Bishops of Maidstone & Dover, plus social workers & head teachers, all supported by a petition of 4,000 signatures. Even the Queen Mother expressed sympathy in a letter, but St Marys finally closed in 1983, & downsized once again, and the house was made into an old peoples home ...
thanks for looking
A revisit was in order with Obscurity,Fortknox0 and frosty and this time Space Invader joined us for a look around
This is looking back along the Arp (tower hamlets tunnel) just before lagoon caves
Section leading to the tower hamlets tunnel from the lagoon caves
Now a few from in lagoon caves
Toilet block at the end of the caves
Back into the main tunnel looking towards the bricked wall just before the builders rubbish blockage
Another toilet block in beaufoy’s caves
Looking down just after the long crawl over broken shower doors and rotten wood
Now sealed passage into the workshop area beyond this was obviously still in use
That was that nice to visit the place again!!
I just came across these pictures which where taken as the title suggests quite some time back,so there's my excuse for poor quality of photographs right there as back then i was lazy and didn't take my time setting shots up or lighting them.
This was a flying visit to the section right next door called soldiers home caves,while we where there an opportunity presented it self and it would be rude not to go through into the other 2 sections and have a poke around.I'm hoping I'm posting the correct pics under the sections named as i say was a fair long while back and pics have been jumbled up a bit so ill do my best from memory to get them in the right order
This was visited with myself,Maniac,Obscurity,Frosty, and non member Teebs....History borrowed from subterranean history
Croucher's Tunnels, Dover
These tunnels are known as 'Croucher's Tunnels' after the Croucher & Co Shipwrights, who operated from premises in front of the tunnels in the 1960s & 70s, and used the tunnels as a store. Prior to this they seem to have been known as 'Bushell's Caves', presumably after Bushell & Co. who previously occupied the site. The tunnels themselves form the centre section of a series of tunnels in Dover's Snargate Street. The three sets of tunnels from West to East are the Court's Wine Vaults (Barwicks Caves), Croucher's Tunnels and Soldiers' Home Caves. They were all linked during WW2 to create a large Air Raid Shelter, but since the war have reverted to different private ownerships. This section takes the form of three parallel tunnels dug into the cliff at an angle, which are interconnected at the far end. They are still used to this day as a storage area.
Onto the next section....
Courts' Wine Vaults, Dover
These tunnels were excavated by Dover wine merchant Stephen Court at the beginning of the 19th Century. They were dug into cliffs at the rear of the Courts' premises in Snargate Street, and along with terraced gardens and a folly shaped like Dover Castle on the cliff face, were a tourist attraction in their day. Wines were even made from the grapes and exotic fruits growing on the cliff terraces, and were stored in the vaults below. The tunnels are lined throughout and have alcoves in the walls, which presumably held the racks for wine bottles. The Courts' premises was demolished during or just before the Second World War, and the tunnels were linked to others further along the street to form a large air raid shelter (graffiti still remains in the tunnels from this time). After the war local building firm R.J Barwick moved onto the site and the caves have been known as 'Barwick's Caves' ever since.
a few pics from inside..again sorry about quality ..
Was a very unexpected visit and due to pics not being great i had almost forgotten about actually posting.. i realise also i missed so many nice bits of graffiti ,but was a surprise visit and didn't have a huge amount of time in there due to earlier explores
Visited with Space Invader, Wevsky & Swamp Donkey
A bit of History borrowed from "Sub Brit"
This is the Eastern end of a large tunnel complex in Snargate Street, which began as separate tunnels but were linked during WW2 for use as air raid shelters. The main part of this section is the 900ft long Cowgate Tunnel which connected Snargate Street with Durham Hill. Unfortunately, this tunnel was penetrated by a shell during WW2 which resulted in the death of 63-year old Mrs. Patience Ransley, who was sheltering inside at the time. The tunnel is blocked at the point of the shell penetration, which occured within the grounds of Cowgate Cemetery on the surface. It is however possible to go much further than the blockage shown on the plan below, but conditions are poor due to roof falls and rotten timber props. Due to revelopment of the Durham Hill area, the entrance at that end seems to have vanished. The passage going West from the main entrance tunnel passes a vent shaft and kiln, and was originally known as 'Soldiers' Home Caves', due to them being behind the old Soliders' Home. The passage continues to a metal gate which blocks access to the next set of tunnels, which are known as 'Croucher's Tunnels'.
On with some pics
Getting over the collapsed section was a bit of an experience to say the least and obviously couldnt go any further once we got to the part of the tunnel damaged by the bomb in WWII, still worth a look though, wish I had taken some pics of the lime kiln but theres always next time !