TQ7284 : A recent Ancient Monument

taken 28 years ago, near to Fobbing, Thurrock, Great Britain

A recent Ancient Monument
A recent Ancient Monument
At a very remote spot are the remains of a WW II bombing decoy, now designated as an Ancient Monument. The far structure is a thick-walled semi-underground two-roomed chamber, referred to as the 'night shelter' - basically the control centre and pump room. An array of fires around the area simulated a burning oil installation, at some distance from the real installations of Shell Haven and Thames Haven. A scattering of bricks around may be to do with the fire array, but of these no clear trace remains. The near walls were storage bays for drums of fuel. How these were got here is a matter of surmise, but the easiest way would be by barge up Fobbing Creek, which was navigable on the tides until dammed after the 1953 floods.
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The far chimney belongs to the aborted Canvey Island oil refinery.
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Date Taken
1990   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 5 January, 2010
Ruins > Ruins   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 729 840 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:31.7103N 0:29.5390E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 729 840
View Direction
EAST (about 90 degrees)
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