Day 5: Grain to Chatham – Forts & Castles

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England, Kent

Grain Tower Battery I. Only accessible at low tide. During During WW2 this remodelled Martello Tower was manned and had three guns on the roof. The address is “No 1, Thames”

Grain Tower Battery II. Barracks at left. During WW2 the huge chain secured an anti-submarine floating boom across the Medway.

Grain Tower Battery II. Barracks at left. During WW2 the huge chain secured an anti-submarine floating boom across the Medway.

Grain Tower Battery III. A ladder provides access to the structure.

Grain Tower Battery III. A ladder provides access to the structure.

Grain Tower Battery IV. Internal staircase.

Grain Tower Battery IV. Internal staircase.

Grain Tower Battery V. Shell lift, lower level.

Grain Tower Battery V. Shell lift, lower level.

Grain Tower Battery VI. Lookout tower with Grain Power Station beyond.

Grain Tower Battery VI. Lookout tower with Grain Power Station beyond.

Grain Tower Battery VII. Shell lift, upper level.

Grain Tower Battery VII. Shell lift, upper level.

Grain Tower Battery VIII. Main Gun Mounting.

Grain Tower Battery VIII. Main Gun Mounting.

Grain Tower Battery IX. Second gun mounting overlooking the Medway - access to Chatham Docks.

Grain Tower Battery IX. Second gun mounting overlooking the Medway – access to Chatham Docks.

Grain Tower Battery X. Upper lookout, looking seaward.

Grain Tower Battery X. Upper lookout, looking seaward.

Grain Power Station.

Grain Power Station.

Grain Power Station, Pylon I.

Grain Power Station, Pylon I.

Grain Power Station, Chinmey.

Grain Power Station, Chinmey.

Grain Power Station, Pylon II.

Grain Power Station, Pylon II.

National Grid's Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facility, the UK's largest, Grain.

National Grid’s Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facility, the UK’s largest, Grain.

Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facility, Grain.

Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facility, Grain.

Drive Mirror, Kingsnorth.

Drive Mirror, Kingsnorth.

Pylons from Kingsnorth Power Station.

Pylons from Kingsnorth Power Station.

Wooden spiral staircase from bastion up to main building. Upnor Castle, an Elizabethan artillery fort built 1559-67.

Wooden spiral staircase from bastion up to main building. Upnor Castle, an Elizabethan artillery fort built 1559-67.

Rochester Castle Keep, built around 1127.

Rochester Castle Keep, built around 1127.

Rochester Cathedral, West front. Built 1079–1238

Rochester Cathedral, West front. Built 1079–1238

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9 thoughts on “Day 5: Grain to Chatham – Forts & Castles”

  1. Grain Tower Battery IX. Second gun mounting overlooking the Medway – access to Chatham Docks.

    June 1667…the Dutch Fleet enters the Medway. The British fleet in the Medway virtually
    defenceless, the Royal Charles quickly captured, and began Van Ghent’s flagship for the day, before being towed across the Channel. Panic in London.

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  2. Pictures of pylons marching across the countryside, for me, always bring to mind the “War of the Worlds”…..The chances of anything coming from Mars are a million to one!

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