TQ7367 : Shorts Brothers Tunnels, Rochester, Kent

taken 8 years ago, near to Borstal, Medway, Great Britain

Shorts Brothers Tunnels, Rochester, Kent
Shorts Brothers Tunnels, Rochester, Kent
On 23rd September 1941 Shorts Brothers contacted the Ministry of Aircraft Production regarding their seaplane works at Rochester seeking authority to build a new underground works in tunnels excavated under chalk cliffs behind their existing MAP extension factory on the south bank of the River Medway. Space was urgently required for 75 new machine tools as their works were full to capacity. The tunnels were intended to create 12,000 square feet of workshop space at a cost of 20,000 which, it was acknowledged was somewhat higher than a new surface building but stress was laid upon the vulnerability of the Medway estuary.

The project was given the go ahead and the tunnels were excavated consisting of two parallel tunnels, each one hundred metres in length, these were linked by four 75 metre long adits to the cliff face at the rear of the factory. The tunnels were for the most part cut from chalk and brick lined (one of the adits was unlined). There were also two 45 degree ventilation shafts extending to the surface.
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Date Taken
Friday, 1 January, 2010   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 26 January, 2010
Category
Military buildings (disused)   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 736 674 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:22.7784N 0:29.6050E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 736 674
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