TR0233 : St Mary Magdalene, Ruckinge seen across the Royal Military Canal

taken 4 years ago, near to Ruckinge, Kent, Great Britain

St Mary Magdalene, Ruckinge seen across the Royal Military Canal
St Mary Magdalene, Ruckinge seen across the Royal Military Canal
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 looking up to the church of St Mary Magdalene, Ruckinge.
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TR0233, 60 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Saturday, 5 October, 2013   (more nearby)
Submitted
Thursday, 10 October, 2013
Geographical Context
Rivers, Streams, Drainage  Religious sites  Derelict, Disused  Defence, Military 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TR 0247 3352 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:3.9179N 0:53.2974E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TR 0263 3339
View Direction
Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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