TQ6974 : Shornmeade Fort

3 km from Church Street, Kent, Great Britain

Shornmeade Fort
Shornmeade Fort
Built on the site of a battery built in 1796 Shornmeade fort was constructed in its current Casemate form following an 1860 Royal Commission. Together with TQ7076 : Cliffe Fort to the East and TQ6976 : Coalhouse Fort across the river they formed the 1st defensive line for the Thames. Tilbury and Gravesend provided the second. Forts like these were known as TQ6975 : Palmerston's Follies. Shornmeade was abandoned in 1945 much of it was demolished in the 1960ís. It is the least well preserved of the three of the outer line. The photo here is taken looking through one of the gun ports towards Coalhouse. Showing that any surface raid along the Thames would have been suicidal due to the three way crossfire.
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