TQ6975 : Palmerston's Follies

taken 12 years ago, 3 km from Church Street, Kent, Great Britain

Palmerston's Follies
Palmerston's Follies
This view looking downstream along the River Thames shows the locations of the three nineteenth-century forts defending the approach to London. On the Essex side there was TQ6976 : Coalhouse Fort and on the Kent side TQ6974 : Shornmeade Fort and TQ7076 : Cliffe Fort. There were a number of other forts like this around the country, none of which ever fired a shot in anger until WW2 and then only anti-aircraft fire. They were known disparagingly as Palmerston’s Follies. However, had an enemy ever tried an assault up the Thames the picture shows how the crossfire would have made life very uncomfortable to say the least. NB the G.R is for the river between the forts.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 2 April, 2006   (more nearby)
Sunday, 2 April, 2006
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 69 75 [1000m precision]
WGS84: 51:27.1866N 0:26.2869E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 6790 7209
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