TR0233 : Royal Military Canal near Ruckinge

taken 5 years ago, near to Ruckinge, Kent, Great Britain

Royal Military Canal near Ruckinge
Royal Military Canal near Ruckinge
The Royal Military Canal was built between 1804 and 1809 as a response to the threat of a Napoleonic invasion. At its peak there were 1,500 men working on the canal. The canal was dug entirely by hand, using picks and shovels and the soil was carried away in wheelbarrows. It runs for 28 miles between Seabrook near Folkestone and Cliff End near Hastings, and follows the old cliff line bordering Romney Marsh. Although it was never called into action, the canal was fortified with concrete pillboxes during the early stages of the Second World War, when a German invasion was looking likely. Its other original purpose was to act as a major drainage system for the winter, and a reservoir for the summer and so greatly improve conditions on Romney Marsh. It still does this today.
This is the view from where the road just south of Ruckinge crosses over the canal. The Royal Military Canal Path follows the left hand bank here having crossed over from the north bank on the bridge.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 5 October, 2013   (more nearby)
Thursday, 10 October, 2013
Geographical Context
Paths  Rivers, Streams, Drainage  Derelict, Disused  Defence, Military  Flat landscapes 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TR 0252 3331 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:3.8037N 0:53.3331E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TR 0264 3337
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West-southwest (about 247 degrees)
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