The Royal Military Canal :: Shared Description

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 5½ 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
by Rob Farrow
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6 images use this description:

TR1634 : The Royal Military Canal, Hythe - view eastwards by Rob Farrow
TQ9323 : Royal Military Canal by N Chadwick
TR1534 : Bridge over Royal Military Canal by Paul Gillett
TQ9323 : Royal Military Canal by N Chadwick
TQ9323 : Boonshill Bridge by N Chadwick
TR1634 : The Royal Military Canal, Hythe - view westwards by Rob Farrow


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Created: Thu, 23 Aug 2012, Updated: Thu, 23 Aug 2012

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