TQ8070 : Fort Darnet and River marker

taken 4 years ago, near to Grange, Medway, Great Britain

Fort Darnet and River marker
Fort Darnet and River marker
This is one of the several Palmerston fortifications placed along the River Medway, to stop invasions.

Originally designed for two tiers of guns mounted in a circle, with a boom strung between Fort Darnet, and Fort Hoo (on another island). There were many problems with subsidence, and after extensive cost overruns the forts were completed in 1871 with a single tier of eleven 9-inch rifled muzzle-loading guns, and no boom.

The forts were disarmed before the First World War. In the Second World War, the fort was used as observation posts, with platforms and pillboxes built on top. The fort is still in fair condition.

The river marker warns river traffic about the dangerous mudflats around the island and the speed limit along the river.
River Medway
The 70 mile long river starts at Turners Hill, at the West Sussex border, and through Kent to meet the Thames Estuary. It travels through many major towns, including Tonbridge, Maidstone, Strood and Rochester. The river has many locks from Tonbridge to Allington, where the river becomes tidal. Boats can navigate the river up to Tonbridge. At Yalding there is a short diversion along the Hampstead Road Canal, whilst the river goes over sluices and below the Tywford Bridge.
After floods devastated Tonbridge in 1968 a substantial flood barrier was built in 1981 on the Medway at nearby Leigh, to protect the town.
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TQ8070, 15 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 29 September, 2015   (more nearby)
Submitted
Friday, 2 October, 2015
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Rivers, Streams, Drainage  Derelict, Disused  Defence, Military 
Primary Subject of Photo
Fort 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 8067 7072 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:24.4034N 0:35.7761E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 8055 7084
View Direction
Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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