TQ5377 : Crayford Marshes and the Darent Industrial Estate

taken 5 years ago, near to Purfleet, Thurrock, Great Britain

Crayford Marshes and the Darent Industrial Estate
Crayford Marshes and the Darent Industrial Estate
This is the view looking across Crayford Marshes from the Thames Embankment, which is here followed by the London LOOP as well as the final few feet of the Thames Path. In the distance is the Darent Industrial Estate.

The Darent Industrial Estate is a privately owned industrial estate located on Crayford Marshes, adjacent to the River Thames, and is several hundred metres from the nearest residential premises. The main businesses on the site are involved in scrap metal recovery from vehicles, heavy plant and vehicle repair and storage, and the manufacture and storage of various other items and materials. The estate is so isolated because munitions factories were once here, which is also how it came to be located on this brownfield site.

In the foreground is one of the old tumps dating from when this was a munitions works. The remote marshes were ideal for testing explosives and to do this a series of brick enclosures called tumps were constructed. Any explosion occurring would then be directed upwards. Some of the tumps have survived to become part of the landscape as here.
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TQ5377, 44 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Monday, 24 February, 2014   (more nearby)
Submitted
Thursday, 27 February, 2014
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Lakes, Wetland, Bog  Derelict, Disused  Waste, Waste management  Defence, Military 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 5332 7790 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:28.7570N 0:12.3889E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 5319 7794
View Direction
East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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