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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Right before i put the history up id like to explain this was visited at night..cold damp windy and nasty!didnt have the advantage of being able to see other possible routes as it really wasnt an easy route in..right that said visited with uncle bulgaria and nite walker..thx to a few bits of on mission info from the lads!!right the history.. 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 … Quote: Castle Hill Fort according to the Royal Commission was to be a polygonal work with a ditch 36 feet wide at the bottom, flanked by one double and three single caponiers, each of two tiers. The gorge ditch forms a re-entrant with casemated flanks for guns and musketry. Scarps and counterscarps were cut into chalk protected by a facing of concrete and flint work and well defiladed. The fort was provided with a chemin des rondes below the crest of the rampart as well as a covered way on the scarp of the ditch. Twenty-nine guns could be mounted on the ramparts of which six were to be in Haxo casemates. At the right of the gorge two guns were on the parade level covering a flank ditch connecting the East Wing Battery with the main work. Twenty-six smaller pieces were to be placed in the caponiers and flanking batteries. In the rear were the East and West Batteries for four and five guns respectively with requisite magazine accommodation. They were secured independently by ditches and connected by lines with the main work. Bomb-proof casemates were under the main ramparts of the fort providing accommodation for 7 officers and 270 men. Construction started 18 June 1861, with a contract for the building of a casemated barracks by civilian contractors at a total cost of £29,508, but the remainder of the work was finally completed by military labour..End Quote On with the pics from what we managed to see after a good fair amount of walking to find the way in! Right considering the weather the time of night and fact obvious torch light in open areas wasnt a good idea best i could do really..thank you for looking
  4. Fort Burgoyne well where to start. Attempted this one a few months back with no luck just wandered around in the dark for a few hours trying to get down into the moat. Anyway we gave up and i decided it was time for another go. So with the assistance of my brother in law Andy( he has yet to be christianed with an explorerers alias)we set of into the darkness. Now i wont take all the credit for entry as i did have a few pointers a few months back from Wevsky and Space Invader. Cheers guys. So anyway we got into the moat after about 40 mins wandering around and then proceded to try and find are way into the fort itselfs. After a bit more searching we found what looked like our way in so off we went. Alot of climbing and heading off in one direction to find it was the wrong way we found ourselves overlooking the parade ground. Jackpot. So here we go with some pics, there not great as im still practicing and the last few are taken with flash as my camera batteries were dying. brand new duracells too lol. Well anyway here they are Thanks for looking
  5. This was quite a tricky explore as we did it in the dark,return visit is required as we only explored a small part of this place,visited with wevsky & nitewalker. The history. In August 1859 a Royal Commission was instructed to look into the “present state, condition and sufficiency of the Fortifications existing for the defence of our United Kingdom.� One of the experts consulted by the Commissioners was General Sir John Burgoyne, who pointed out that any attacker who could occupy the high ground to the north of Dover Castle would dominate the Castle. He recommended that a fort be built on this high ground to protect the Castle from attack. Work started on the construction of the fort in 1861, and it was originally known as Castle Hill Fort but was soon renamed Fort Burgoyne in honour of the General. The fort was finally completed by the end of 1868 at a total cost of £88,053. The fort is polygonal with a 35 foot wide ditch around it. In the centre of the north face, hidden in the ditch, is a double caponier to give flanking fire along the ditch floor in both directions. At both the north-east and north-west corners of the fort are single caponiers, with another on the west flank to give cover to the remaining ditches. The main fort is flanked by two wing redoubts, each with its own gun emplacements, one on each side connected to the main fort by ditch works. The battery at the west wing was protected by a caponier to defend the ditch. The Dover to Deal road crosses the eastern ditch and the Dover to Guston road the western ditch. In the centre of the fort is a parade ground surrounded on three sides by bomb proof barracks protected by a covering of earth on top of which were the main gun positions. There are also two earth ramps from the parade ground up to the level of the gun emplacements for the transporting of the guns to their emplacements. The fort was initially armed with 29 guns on the ramparts of which 6 were in Haxo casemates (bomb proof vaulted gun emplacements designed by General Haxo). In the caponiers and flanking batteries there was room for 26 smaller guns, and two guns on the parade ground level protected the ditch to the east wing battery. East wing battery was equipped with five guns and west wing battery with four. The armament of the fort was updated though out the 19th century to keep abreast of developments in weaponry. By 1906 all the large guns had been removed and replaced by three machine guns in the fort and three in its wing batteries. At this time the fort became a defensible barrack and a base for mobile guns rather than a permanent defence. During the First World War brick gun emplacements were constructed and during the Second, when the fort was home to two batteries of 25 pounder field guns, concrete emplacements were added. Fort Burgoyne remains virtually unchanged today but it is not accessible to the public, being within the secure area of Connaught Barracks.
  6. First explore on my Kent trip, great place to see at last Visited with, CAVE ZOMBIE, Scrimshady, Impact, Ryda, Strategy, Mitch, Frosty, Fleshy, Mitch and a couple of others. Was a great trip, a good beginning to a great week
  7. Im upset guys I wanted to come Let me know next time, it seems you went a bit of a strange way in and out lol Ive got two maps on my phone that come in handy let me know if you want them?