Sunday, 23 October 2011

Fort Burgoyne dover october 2011

This i first visited in november 2010 with uncle bulgaria was dark raining and tbh we had not much of an idea where to head!!
So after 11 months was finally time for a revisit in blessed daylight..Yay daylight for navigation round the place..After dispensing with the hassles of getting on site and no where near the previously mention "cliff edge"(recent report)..We where in and enjoying a relaxed wander about the place..Spotted one guy in high viz walking away from where we where situated so packed up and wandered out...

This was visited with Space Invader,Obscurity and Silver rainbow..

A tad of history from my previous report  last year

Fort Burgoyne was originally known as Castle Hill Fort,I have over 200 pages of info on this site explaining historical background the history of the fort and description also details of current condition etc..but im not going to bore the crap out of you so ill just Quote a small section from the history …

Quote: Castle Hill Fort according to the Royal Commission was to be a polygonal work
with a ditch 36 feet wide at the bottom, flanked by one double and three single
caponiers, each of two tiers. The gorge ditch forms a re-entrant with casemated
flanks for guns and musketry. Scarps and counterscarps were cut into chalk
protected by a facing of concrete and flint work and well defiladed. The fort was
provided with a chemin des rondes below the crest of the rampart as well as a
covered way on the scarp of the ditch. Twenty-nine guns could be mounted on the
ramparts of which six were to be in Haxo casemates. At the right of the gorge two
guns were on the parade level covering a flank ditch connecting the East Wing
Battery with the main work. Twenty-six smaller pieces were to be placed in the
caponiers and flanking batteries. In the rear were the East and West Batteries for
four and five guns respectively with requisite magazine accommodation. They
were secured independently by ditches and connected by lines with the main work.
Bomb-proof casemates were under the main ramparts of the fort providing
accommodation for 7 officers and 270 men.
Construction started 18 June 1861, with a contract for the building of a casemated
barracks by civilian contractors at a total cost of £29,508, but the remainder of the
work was finally completed by military labour..End Quote

Was a good day out cheers lads

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Laggon & Beaufoys Caves & Tower hamlets tunnel..october 2011

There is a lot of maps & details and such on a local history forum put together by the guys who first posted this last year or so ago.
I visited this first in November last year .

Now a revisit has long been in order so that I could attempt to get better pictures from my first visit and so that Space Invader could get down to have a look….

Visited again with Fortknox0,Frosty,Obscurity and of course this time Space Invader..

A general run down on the place…
The main tower hamlets tunnel is about 550 odd foot long and about every hundred yards or so are spurs for toilets.
Just over half way down is a wall with a convenient gap knocked through leading on towards beaufoy’s caves which has been back filled with builders rubbish and lots of sharp nasty bits to navigate.At the end of the Arp tunnel there is a toilet block and blocked exits and from there is the area used for storage/workshop by the plumbers,entry into which is now sealed unlike my first visit..
There are Blast walls running along the length of the tunnel and just past a slabbed over sealed street entrance you turn left into lagoon caves where there is a toilet block at the far end of the caves with toilets still semi intact and there are signs of where the kitchen area once was….

History never was my strong point so I have cobbled together some of the info from the local history forum which is a well written and full account..Right on with some pics from my revisit

That concludes that little trip!!

A few from a more recent trip taken using my fisheye

Tower Hamlets