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  1. Built in the 1860s, Cliffe Fort was designed to protect the Thames from invasion. It was armed with 12.5-inch 38-ton and 11-inch 25-ton rifled muzzle-loading guns. Protection of these guns was provided by granite-faced casemates with shields for added defence. The shields, casemates and the rails on which the gun carriages stood are all still visible today. Unfortunately, the place is flooded. I hope to return with a dinghy one day. These tracks were for a Brennan guided torpedo installed in 1890. The torpedo worked by coiling huge lengths of wire around the two propellers, pulling the wires to drive it forward, and controlling individual speed to change direction. It was used for twenty years before it was replaced by quick firing guns. And a nice ship wreck outside Thanks for looking, hope you enjoyed
  2. Visited with Obscurity and Storm Nice relaxed day lots of walking and a moment where we may have been told off for slipping under/between a conveyor belt..Nice little food break up top and no drams,Just a pleasant explore,and i love this place,allways looked at the pics just never got round to doing it,so when Obscurity said his plans had changed did i fancy a day out i jumped at it... Borrowed history from underground kent Built in the 1860�s, Cliffe Fort is one of the three Thames Side Forts that were designed to defend that Thames Estuary. It was also built to work in conjunction with Coalhouse Fort in Essex to prevent a hostile fleet reaching London via the Thames. Construction of the fort was difficult due to the marshy ground that the fort is built on; cracking and subsidence caused many problems for the men working on the fort. More surprisingly, this marshy ground was also home to malaria mosquitoes, which made life even more difficult for the construction work. The fort was designed solely to cater for the armament of the day and the guns that were installed on Cliffe Fort were 12.5� and 11� RML�s, weighing around 35 tons. Protection of these guns was provided by granite faced casemates with shields for added defence. These shields, casemates and the rails on which the gun carriages stood are all still visible today. In 1885, Cliffe Fort became the site for an experimental harbour defence system known as the �Brennan Torpedo�. This was the world�s first wire guided missile. Originally there were two sets of launching rails, but only one remains today. As progressive as this system was at the time, it was replaced 25 years later in favour of quick-firing (QF) guns. Cliffe Fort remained armed throughout both World Wars, but was sold after the end of the Second World War to a local cement company. As a result of this, the fort has sadly been neglected and has fallen into a fairly advanced state of decay. On with some pics ne from a few Months back
  3. As part of our trip to Middleton we decided to vistit a couple more places on our way back. I did this place early last year but didn’t have my camera with me so have been meaning to get back up and get some photos. I think this has to be one of my favorite places to explore and is great for photography. Visited with Frosty, Fortknox0, gizmo and my misses. Cliffe fort is a Royal commission fort built in the 1860’s. Situated near the village of Cliffe on the Hoo Peninsula in kent, it provided defence against the invasion of London via the thames estuary. The Fort is now derelict but can be viewed from the outside via a public footpath. It is opposite coalhouse fort in Essex. Construction proved difficult due to the marshy land and malaria-carrying mosquitoes. The fort was armed with 12.5†and 11†RML guns weighing around 35tons. In 1890 a Brennan Torpedo station was added (see last picture). Louis Brennan invented the guided torpedo which became a state of the art costa2l wepon from 1887 to 1903. An example of these torpedos can be seen today in the royal engineer’s museum at chatam. This was replaced around 1910 with quick fireing guns. The fort sits within a live gravel excavation works and is not open to the public. The future for this amazing place is unknown as it is left to sit and decay.
  4. small bunker just off the road near cliffe fort explored with miss vanishing days sealed of at the end tho continues round the corner
  5. was told this was an old brick factory stumbled accross it with miss vanishing days
  6. Dont really no much about this stumbled across it looking for cliffe fort remeber some one told me it was a gun powder factory not much of the place left climing skills came in handy
  7. Cliffe Fort is a Royal Commission fort built in the 1860s on the edge of the Cliffe marshes on the Hoo Peninsula in north Kent to protect against invasion via the Thames. It is opposite Coalhouse Fort in Essex: they are 2km apart. Construction was difficult due to the marshy ground and the malaria-carrying mosquitos. It was armed with 12.5†and 11†RML’s, weighing around 35 tons. Protection of these guns was provided by granite-faced casemates with shields for added defence. The shields, casemates and the rails on which the gun carriages stood are all still visible today. A Brennan Torpedo station was added in 1890. This was a wire-guided missile used for harbour defence: the launching rails are still visible at low water. It was replaced around 1910 with quick firing guns. The fort was armed in World War I and was used as an anti-aircraft battery in World War II. It is now inside a gravel extraction site and is inaccessible and very overgrown. It can however be viewed from the riverside path. I HAVE TO SAY THIS AS I WORK FOR BRETT THE FORT IS ON PRIVATE LAND YOU CAN WALK AROUND THE FORT BUT ENTRY IS NOT PERMITTED TRESPASSERS WILL BE PROSECUTED BLAHH BLAHH BLAHH U GET THE POINT, SOME INFORMATION I WOULD LIKE TO CLEAR UP THO AS I ONLY EVER READ ABOUT PEOPLE BITCHING ABOUT BRETT 1. BRETT DOES NOT WANT THE FORT TO ERODE AWAY IT IS A PART OF OUR HISTORY THEY HAVE ASKED FOR PERMISSION TO REPAIR THE BRENAN TORPEDO LAUNCHER AND WERE DENIED 2. THEY HAVE ALSO ENQUIRED INTO TAKING REPAIRS TO THE FORT AND ALL THE TIME THEY HAVE BEEN TOLD NO 3. BRETT DID NOT DEMOLISH THE 2ND BRENNAN TORPEDO LAUNCHER BLUE CIRLCE DID WHO OWNED THE SITE BEFORE 4 END OF RANT ANY WAY PICS THE TORPEDO LAUNCHER BUILT BY MR BRENNAN THERE WAS ORIGINALLY TWO BUT BLUE CIRLCE WHO OWNED THE SITE BEOFRE BRETT DESTROYED ONE EXTERIOR OF THE FORT AND VIEWS IN WATCH TOWER GUN EMPLACEMENT OVERVIEW IN WE GO BIG GUNS WOULD OF BEEN HERE AMMO LOADER ON TO THE LOWER LEVELS I HAVE PLAN TO GO BACK AND DO THE TUNNELS BUT DONT HAVE AND WADERS YET SOO WILL GET ROUND TO IT
  8. another roc post capped with a lump of concrete no access