TQ7970 : Fort Hoo and Hoo Salt Marsh

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

Fort Hoo and Hoo Salt Marsh
Fort Hoo and Hoo Salt Marsh
As seen from Middle Creek (a channel in the mudflats running north around the island).

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 Hoo and Fort Darnet (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, however it is a Scheduled Monument owned by the Ministry of Defence and landing is not officially permitted, due to the island now being landscaped into a bird reserve.

The island is also surrounded by a low salt marsh, beside several wrecks are placed to rot away, without disturbing the river traffic.
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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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 7963 7030 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:24.1969N 0:34.8672E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 7930 7071
View Direction
Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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