TQ9323 : Royal Military Canal

taken 6 years ago, near to Iden, East Sussex, Great Britain

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Royal Military Canal
Royal Military Canal
The Royal Military Canal was constructed between 1804 and 1809 as a defensive structure to help protect southern England from invasion during the Napoleonic Wars. Martello Towers were created for the same purpose at the same time, as the threat from Napoleon was considered very real and worth the vast expenditure that was required for these various defences - 234,310 for the R M Canal alone for example, equivalent to many millions today.
The canal runs for approximately 28 miles along the border of the Romney Marsh, with all but 5 miles of this having to be dug. Its most easterly point is at Seabrook in Kent where construction commenced on 30th October 1804. It was only supposed to take just over a year - and although the first section to the River Rother was open by 1806 it was not finally fully opened until April 1809 - by which time the threat from Napoleon had gone away and the State was left with a costly "White Elephant", but one which with time has become a much loved feature of this part of England.
For much more detail on all aspects of the RMC, visit its own website LinkExternal link

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Date Taken
Tuesday, 10 April, 2012   (more nearby)
Saturday, 25 August, 2012
Geographical Context
Canals  Defence, Military 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 9355 2356 [10m precision]
WGS84: 50:58.7348N 0:45.3500E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 9359 2359
View Direction
Southwest (about 225 degrees)
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