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  1. ...or to give it it's proper title, the 'Holy f**king s**t this is epic' Grain Elevator. After finding the most unassuming but amazing breakfast spot ever where I ate possibly the best toasted bacon and egg breakfast sandwich I have ever eaten I knew that it was going to be a good day. This place is massive. And I mean truly MAHOOOOSIVE. The elevators at Silo City in Buffalo are the only things comparable in size to this behemoth which towers over everything in the neighbourhood. The ascent to the top floors where all the interest lies involves a dizzying, disorientating spiral staircase in a pitch black metal tube that takes you to the level above the vast silos, and then numerous staircases up to the roof - tiring stuff but the rewards are totally worth it. I soon forgot about my aching legs as once again I found myself somewhere in which I literally didn't know where to point the camera at first, everywhere I looked I saw something I needed to investigate. So here are some photos of what I saw. Thanks for looking, more here https://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157651177326707/
  2. An Oldie but a goodie. Be careful what you say to your kids, you may just have to live up to your word, I may have said; in passing "what an experience it would be to stay in the fort overnight, completely cut of from land". Low and behold we try it. Arrived on the beach in the towering shadow of the power station around 4pm. Ever tried walking over cobbles covered in slime, mud and full of rock pools, while carrying substantial survival essentials. quite comedic for someone watching I should think. Had a quick look around the place, dodging around some pretty big holes in the floor. Whilst at the very top of the tower a group of about 6 or 7 people could be seen sliding over the cobbles, we sat aside and let them wonder, as we were going to have plenty of time to look. Had a good chat with a couple of them to, but didn't think to ask if they were on any forums. So hello if you are, a pleasure meeting you. Just when we thought the visits were over, 2 young lads turned up to fish, but found the weirdos staying on the castle much more interesting. They proceeded to try and scare us with storys of police, lifeboats and dead soldiers. One lad securely re-fitted the ladder for us which he said he installed originally. I must admit I thought he was going to nick it, but credit due. Sitting staring at the shipping going past, we noticed shadows darting across the floor, on closer inspection we found what seem to be woodlice, however they must have been special sea castle lice, as they were huge, big enough that you could see the individual organs within their transparent bodies, nice. (Later established that they are known as "Sea Slaters") Midnight, decided to try and get some kip. However; who knew the sea moving up and down over hidden pipework and holes could make such a muddle of sound, from thudding to whispers, I think we managed about an hour. Time to get up and finish the supplies, about a litre of hot chocolate and 3 Ham and Egg roles later, I managed to straighten my spine and check the tide. I must admit that as much as I enjoyed my stay I was looking forward to getting back to my bed. Slip slide across the cobbles we look back and see the red of the sun breaking the horizon, lighting the quarter moon, casting a silhouette of the fort. I didn't care at this point, I didn't even take a picture; just carried on slipping back to my bed. Good to think I'll have to do it again in a few years, once the little lady is big enough. Still time will let me look back with fondness I am sure. Cheers t2020
  3. Back in 2009 this was quite a nice little urbex, but now its trashed. At the time I was a new explorer and scared off some weeks previous to this by a scary man who worked there! 2009: Finally, we wrapped the day up with the good old Water Eaton Grain Silo! This place is amazing and is so inviting! Built in 1940, the Water Eaton Grain Silo was used up until the 1980s and has remained derelict since. It has had planning permission passed, to enable Ewelme based waste company Grundon, to build an enormous waste processing and recycling plant. The site is a mecca for retro industrial equipment, and is so interesting to walk around, although the road and nearby park and ride make for paranoia, the building also creaks and shakes in the wind. The roof is fantastic as well, and the views are breath taking. This site has been done a thousand times, I know but its still worth another report! Elevator The largely un-documented, flooded basement. Ive been VERY naughty with the volume of photos on this report….Sorry
  4. Grain Tower ...or No 1 The Thames according to the Post Office, although I am not sure how they deliver post to this place! If you get it wrong on this explore you either have to spend an uncomfortable 12 hours on the structure or get very wet walking back ! Beware ! Every time I have visited this place the weather has been crap ! So on this occasion and after defrosting various parts of my body over a period of days I added a little processing to these pics to try and make them a little more dramatic ! Cheers for looking There is an excellent bit of history here for those of a more historical persuasion http://www.subbrit.org.uk/sb-sites/sites/g/grain_tower/index.shtml The beast in all its glory The modern extension the old bit ! the view of the new extension from the roof of the old.. the gun placement the way up is easier than the way down..that handrail was a bit loose ! the view across the water to some power station..sadly not abandoned ! A view of the tower a hole in the wall.. That's it..thanks for looking..if you go here..check the tides ! oh and wear stout footwear !
  5. Again visited with Obscurity and Storm..2nd part of our medway trip and apart frm the tide coming in really fast trying to cut us off from both sides and the causeway having parts missing with rather deep pools mening i had to do stepping stones over them it was another relaxed explore.. History borrowed again from Undergeround kent The original structure at Grain Tower, built in 1855, was based on the earlier Martello Towers that were first constructed as a defence against Napoleon in the early 19th century. It stands off shore on Grain Spit in the Medway and the original tower was built of brick covered in granite. The fire from Grain Tower would support that from Garrison Point and would defend both the entrance to the River Medway and the sea front of Sheerness. The guns of the 1855 Tower were mounted on the roof and fired en barbette (that is, the gun is fired over a wall rather than through an embrasure). In the early 20th century the tower was upgraded to be armed with two 4.7in BLs. In order to accommodate these guns a raised concrete and stone structure was built on the roof, which in addition to providing a platform for the guns, also provided shelter that could be used for stores and fire control. At the same time work was undertaken within the main body of the tower to make better ammunition storage to supply these new guns. Shortly after these modifications a boom defence was constructed across the River Medway towards Sheerness. The tower became an anchor point for this boom, connecting it to Grain beach. Further additions and modifications were made during the Second World War, in particular the large roofed emplacement that supported a twin 6pdr QF gun. Behind this was a directing tower and a light emplacement. The biggest addition at this stage was the barrack block; it was made of concrete and stands on stilts with access to and from the main tower. On with some pics 2nd part of a great day!
  6. Grain fort is one of many forts built along the kent coast mainly during the napoleonic wars of the 1800's, but lots of them were also used as gun emplacements in WWII, and like most of them it's days as a functioning military post were over as the war ended. Grain was actually demolished and what remains was buried and sealed up years ago, but some nice people have spent a while digging into it so we thought we'd go have a look for ourselves. You can only access a tiny part of what's left, which begs the question anyone up for a dig! . Only took a few photos, a heavy night at frosty's house the night before in celebration of his birthday left me somewhat lacking creativity, but was a good explore none the less. Visted with Frosty and Muffie, cheers for the company guys. Thanks for looking! Maniac.
  7. small bunker just off the road near cliffe fort explored with miss vanishing days sealed of at the end tho continues round the corner
  8. Explored with misses vanishing days weird little place great little explore Hiistory Grain Dummy Fort was built and then rebuilt in 1905 the fort was prone to subsidence and there was many problems with the construction. the fort has a ditch full of water in front of it but there is no refernce of the fort ever being in use in eiter ww1 or 2 unfortunately theres been some form of arson or fire atack by chavs. often wonderd was this the entrance to the long fabled tunnels to the tower fort theres also lots of these dotted around
  9. A few pics from multiple visits with 12 gauge and solar p This place is truly massive its so much bigger than i expected the walk out to it via the walkway just builds up the expectations truly one of the best places i have explored. bit of history Grain tower battery was constructed in 1855 the style resembles a martelo tower extra parts were added on in the later world wars in 1910 more guns and the tower was attached. in the 1940s more modifications were completed when the extra block was attached. A few artsy fartsy pictures accommodation block on we go tower top room observation post ammo loader gun turret
  10. was told this was an old brick factory stumbled accross it with miss vanishing days