TQ9324 : The Royal Military Canal above Iden Lock

taken 4 years ago, near to Iden, East Sussex, Great Britain

The Royal Military Canal above Iden Lock
The Royal Military Canal above Iden Lock
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. Artillery batteries were generally located every 500 yards where the canal was staggered to create a salient, allowing the guns to cover the next stretch of water. A military road was built on the inland side of the canal, and crossings consisted of moveable wooden bridges. The Military Road still follows the inland side of the Canal.

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. Only three of these now remain.

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 as the Environment Agency uses the waterway to manage water levels on Romney Marsh and Walland Marsh.

This view is from Iden Lock, just above the junction with the River Rother - see LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Monday, 25 August, 2014   (more nearby)
Monday, 1 September, 2014
Geographical Context
Rivers, Streams, Drainage  Canals 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 9372 2456 [10m precision]
WGS84: 50:59.2703N 0:45.5270E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 9367 2449
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Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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