TQ7668 : Trees, Great Lines Heritage Park

taken 9 years ago, near to Brompton, Medway, Great Britain

Trees, Great Lines Heritage Park
Trees, Great Lines Heritage Park
Great Lines Heritage Park, Chatham

The Great Lines is over 70 hectares of open space at the heart of Medway. Between Gillingham and Chatham.
The huge expanse of the Great Lines was in its own right a layer of defence to protect Chatham Dockyard from attack.
At its centre is the Chatham Naval War Memorial.
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Chatham Naval Memorial :: TQ7667

Chatham Naval Memorial is a large obelisk situated in Chatham. The memorial is now the main feature of The Great Line Heritage Park.
Chatham was a principal manning port of the Royal Navy during the First World War and thus was dedicated as the site of one of three memorials to sailors of the Royal Navy killed during the conflict but who have no grave.
The other memorials were situated at Portsmouth SZ6398 : Royal Navy War Memorial Link and Plymouth SX4753 : Plymouth Naval Memorial Link . The obelisks were designed by Sir Robert Lorimer and the one at Chatham originally contained 8,515 names.
It is made of Portland stone with bronze plaques in 1920. It has steps up to a plinth with inscription plaques, and projecting corners with reclining lions, beneath a stepped base to the obelisk, which has a stepped top to an elaborate finial with corner ships prows and bronze supports to a ball.
After the Second World War and its consequent loss of life, the decision was made to expand the three memorials and so the Chatham Naval Memorial was created from the 'Chatham Obelisk' and was given a surround designed by Sir Edward Maufe which contains 10,098 additional names from the later conflict. The surround is also made of Portland Stone, with bronze plaques. It has two pavilions; north and south which look out towards Chatham. Along the surround are 4 portland stone statues of sailors.

The Grade II listed. LinkExternal link and is maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. In May 2016 it was upgraded to Grade I listed.

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Date Taken
Saturday, 26 January, 2013   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 9 April, 2013
Geographical Context
Park and Public Gardens  Woodland, Forest 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 7674 6836 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:23.2057N 0:32.3190E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 7668 6819
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North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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