Kent Defences => General Defences => Topic started by: kyn on September 28, 2008, 21:08:27

Title: Fire Beacons
Post by: kyn on September 28, 2008, 21:08:27
Furze Hill Sheppey
Title: Re: Fire Beacons
Post by: Paul on September 29, 2008, 10:20:53
Nice pics :)
Sky doesent seem to come out very well on my cheap one ???

heres the one at Queenborough,Taken a couple of weeks ago.

(http://i297.photobucket.com/albums/mm223/Paulwp/DSCF1029.jpg)
Title: Re: Fire Beacons
Post by: Paul on September 29, 2008, 10:57:46
I think there was a project to replace them all ???
Title: Re: Fire Beacons
Post by: Paul on October 10, 2008, 15:51:34
Heres the one at Shellness/Muswell Manor.

(http://i297.photobucket.com/albums/mm223/Paulwp/DSCF1181.jpg)

Aint it a posh one :)

Title: Re: Fire Beacons
Post by: Paul on November 04, 2008, 21:57:45
Heres an interesting little map showing the beacons on sheppey.
http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/onlineex/unvbrit/a/zoomify82828.html

It shows one at Parsonage Farm
Title: Re: Fire Beacons
Post by: BenG on January 13, 2009, 22:00:35
I remember the Pegwell one being lit, probably late 80's. My Mum and Dad woke my sister and I up and we went to it late one night.
Don't know how regularly it gets used if at all.
Title: Re: Fire Beacons
Post by: BenG on January 14, 2009, 18:17:47
Just having another look for info on these and what I said above (I think) happened in 1988 and it was for 400 years of the Spanish Armarda as I believe these beacons where set up all along the south coast to warn of the Spanish ships. We did something at Junior School for it and I was Francis Drake  ;D

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beacon (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beacon)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish_Armada (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish_Armada)

I think there is one on Fort Hill, Margate. Next time I'm that way I will have a look.
Title: Re: Fire Beacons
Post by: BenG on January 14, 2009, 18:29:27
Bingo!

http://maps.live.com/default.aspx?v=2&FORM=LMLTCP&cp=sjyt4qh3fwky&style=b&lvl=2&tilt=-90&dir=0&alt=-1000&scene=7601601&phx=0&phy=0&phscl=1&encType=1 (http://maps.live.com/default.aspx?v=2&FORM=LMLTCP&cp=sjyt4qh3fwky&style=b&lvl=2&tilt=-90&dir=0&alt=-1000&scene=7601601&phx=0&phy=0&phscl=1&encType=1)
Title: Re: Fire Beacons
Post by: BenG on January 14, 2009, 18:36:28
Is this one in Broadstairs just to the right of the circular path? Will have to have a look.

http://maps.live.com/default.aspx?v=2&FORM=LMLTCP&cp=sjsbmyh3m47h&style=b&lvl=2&tilt=-90&dir=0&alt=-1000&scene=7615554&phx=0&phy=0&phscl=1&encType=1 (http://maps.live.com/default.aspx?v=2&FORM=LMLTCP&cp=sjsbmyh3m47h&style=b&lvl=2&tilt=-90&dir=0&alt=-1000&scene=7615554&phx=0&phy=0&phscl=1&encType=1)
Title: Re: Fire Beacons
Post by: BenG on January 14, 2009, 18:49:48
Tankerton, Whitstable.

http://maps.live.com/default.aspx?v=2&FORM=LMLTCP&cp=sjtqt1h2ksff&style=b&lvl=2&tilt=-90&dir=0&alt=-1000&scene=7672283&phx=0&phy=0&phscl=1&encType=1 (http://maps.live.com/default.aspx?v=2&FORM=LMLTCP&cp=sjtqt1h2ksff&style=b&lvl=2&tilt=-90&dir=0&alt=-1000&scene=7672283&phx=0&phy=0&phscl=1&encType=1)

I'll get out and get some pictures of these.
Title: Re: Fire Beacons
Post by: BenG on February 02, 2009, 13:49:40
Drove past this one yesterday and popped back today to take some pictures.
Its is only down the road from me and I've been along the road quite a few times  :D
Chislet:

(http://www.exploration.gibbsdesign.co.uk/images/stories/misc/beacons/chislet/DSCF2873.jpg)

(http://www.exploration.gibbsdesign.co.uk/images/stories/misc/beacons/chislet/DSCF2872.jpg)
Title: Re: Fire Beacons
Post by: BenG on February 07, 2009, 12:19:37
At the top of Fort Hill, Margate is a fire beacon in the approx area that Margate Battery once stood.
It is missing the basket at the top and has no sign either.

(http://www.exploration.gibbsdesign.co.uk/images/stories/misc/beacons/margate/DSCF2918.JPG)

(http://www.exploration.gibbsdesign.co.uk/images/stories/misc/beacons/margate/DSCF2920.JPG)

There is a plaque on it which reads:
PRESENTED BY
IRVIN LEISURE LTD.
TO COMMEMORATE THE
FIRE OVER ENGLAND
CELEBRATIONS ON THE 19TH JULY 1988
IRVIN LEISURE LTD. THE POPLARS,
POPLAR ROAD, ASHFORD, MIDDLESEX
(http://www.exploration.gibbsdesign.co.uk/images/stories/misc/beacons/margate/DSCF2919.JPG)

There are also a couple of cannon nearby too.
(http://www.exploration.gibbsdesign.co.uk/images/stories/misc/beacons/margate/DSCF2921.JPG)
Title: Re: Fire Beacons
Post by: BenG on February 21, 2009, 16:38:32
Stumbled across this one at Bishopstone, Herne Bay when out for a walk along the beach.

(http://www.exploration.gibbsdesign.co.uk/images/stories/misc/beacons/bishopstone/210220091000.jpg)
Title: Re: Fire Beacons
Post by: BenG on June 21, 2009, 11:28:53
Lees Cliff, Folkestone:
(http://www.kentexploration.co.uk/images/stories/misc/beacons/leescliff/DSCF6612.JPG)

(http://www.kentexploration.co.uk/images/stories/misc/beacons/leescliff/DSCF6613.JPG)
Title: Re: Fire Beacons
Post by: BenG on June 29, 2009, 15:55:09
Tankerton
(http://www.kentexploration.co.uk/images/stories/misc/beacons/tankerton/290620091090.jpg)
Title: Re: Fire Beacons
Post by: Paul on July 01, 2009, 19:54:14
There should be a few more looking at this map :)
And if they were all replaced.
Including one in the Ashcroft area.

http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/onlineex/unvbrit/a/zoomify82828.html
Title: Re: Fire Beacons
Post by: aitch on January 15, 2010, 21:11:36
I'm sure there used to be beacons on the tops of some church's including Rainham church. These ran up from the coast and were the highest point so could be seen for a long distance I think these ran from the coast up and into London.
Title: Re: Fire Beacons
Post by: merc on March 18, 2010, 12:23:05
1803

The Beacons are establishing at Canterbury, Shorncliff, Barham, Isle Of Thanet, Shottenden, Hythe, Poolingdown, Westwell, Pluckley, Lynham Hill, Chatham Lines, Wrotham Hill, Tenterden, Highgate, near Hawkhurst and Gouldhurst, which beginning from Canterbury or Shorncliff, will be succesively fired on the near approach, or actual landing of the enemy on the coast of Kent, and on which signal, everyone is to assemble at his known place of rendezvous, and there expect and recieve orders from the general Officer, under whose comand the several Volunteers and other Corps may be placed. The fire-beacons are stakes of wood, and other materials, with a pole passing through them, on the top of which is a small white flag, to make their situation more visable. When the alarm is given in the day, means will be taken to make a great smoke, accompanied with fire.
Title: Re: Fire Beacons
Post by: oldsunset on May 03, 2010, 13:37:52
in 1977 most uk towns and boroughs applied for a grant to erect a new beacon on an old beacon site to celebrate the queens silver jubilee


A nationwide network of beacons, organised by the Royal Institution Of Chartered Surveyors in eight continuous chains linking Windsor with the extremities of the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.
the Queen lit the first one at 22.00 at Great Windsor Park, the beacons were then lit across the uk to show the extent of the realm

1,600 were lit again for MH's golden jubliee worldwide with some as remote as the antartic (article in The Times 22 may 2002)

most of the photos show these 1977 beacons
Title: Re: Fire Beacons
Post by: Glen on November 03, 2010, 19:59:10
Gravesend

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4111/5133539819_1deb27d96f_z.jpg)

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4008/5133537741_b259048b8c_z.jpg)

Glen
Title: Re: Fire Beacons
Post by: BenG on October 21, 2011, 19:01:42
Dartford way:

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6111/6267157814_03ac10c8b1_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ben-gibbs/6267157814/)
Title: Re: Fire Beacons
Post by: tedthedog on October 24, 2011, 16:01:03
The beacon at Beltinge blew down recently but I am pleased to say that the Local Authority repaired and replaced it
Title: Re: Fire Beacons
Post by: Pglen on June 04, 2012, 11:36:13
Having just joined the forum, and at the risk of over-egging it may be of interest to know that Wiliam Lambard, the historian who wrote about Kent in 1570, published a map showing the position of the beacons (he was criticised for doing so, for security reasons!). The map can be seen at http://www.folkscape.org.uk/beackent.htm The beacons were only marginally successful - inclement weather and especially fogs; and during the day they were not easy to see - but their main drawback was that the only connection to London from the entire coast where continental invasions were likely - from Folkestone to Fairlight and beyond westwards - was via the Medway Gap, where there was a beacon at Birling.  The beacon on Windmill Hill, Gravesend (shown on one of the pictures) is being lit at 10.15 this evening.

Peter
Title: Re: Fire Beacons
Post by: kyn on August 10, 2013, 22:38:08
Temple Ewell
Title: Re: Fire Beacons
Post by: HERB COLLECTOR on December 30, 2014, 21:06:14
The first beacons in Kent, apart from possible Roman or Saxon beacons, were set up in 1326.

From 1377, the first year of Richard II.
"An ordinance for safeguarding the Counties of Kent and of Essex, particularly for the towns lying on the River Thames from the perils which, may suddenly come upon them from our enemies, which God forbid; and also for the safeguard of the Navy being in the ports of the said river.
   First, let there be ordained in the Isle of Shepeye a beacon (beken), and at Showbery in Essex another beacon. Item, at Hoo in Kent a beacon, and at Fobbyng in Essex another beacon.  Item, at Cleve in Kent a beacon, and at Tilbury in Essex another beacon. Item, at Gravesend in Kent a beacon, and at Hornedon in Essex another beacon.
Item, that by the especial command of our very noble Lord, the King, the Sheriffs (Viscountz), Constables and other officials in the aforesaid parts of Kent and Essex be charged that all the said beacons be speedily and suitably set up and prepared in the above-named places for the safe-guarding of the country and of the said Navy.
Item, that as soon as the said beacons be made, they shall be well and suitably watched, as well by day as by night, without fail. Item, that the watchmen, who, at the time, shall be at the said beacons, and particularly, at the beacons of Shepeye and Shoubery, shall be from time to time warned and charged that, as soon as they can see any vessels of the enemy coming by sail or by oars towards the said river, then the said two beacons of Shepeye and Shoubery be set on fire, and therewith to make all the noise they can with horn or by shouting, to warn the country round to come with all their force to the said river, each to the aid of the others, to resist our enemies."


Taken from The Beacon System in Kent, a 23 page paper by H. T. White, A.M.I.C.E.
Archaeologia Cantiana. Vol. 46 1934.
Available online @ http://www.kentarchaeology.org.uk/Research/Pub/ArchCant/Vol.046 - 1934/046-08 The Beacon System in Kent.pdf (http://www.kentarchaeology.org.uk/Research/Pub/ArchCant/Vol.046 - 1934/046-08 The Beacon System in Kent.pdf)
The paper includes the 1570 map by William Lambarde.
Title: Re: Fire Beacons
Post by: HERB COLLECTOR on February 13, 2015, 15:36:40
And the last one, hopefully :)

Apologies, broken link, here's the new one.
http:////www.kentarchaeology.org.uk/Research/Pub/ArchCant/Vol.046 - 1934/046-08.pdf (http:////www.kentarchaeology.org.uk/Research/Pub/ArchCant/Vol.046 - 1934/046-08.pdf)

Thanks to RD for pointing them out :)

They worked perfectly when first posted.
Title: Re: Fire Beacons
Post by: kyn on April 19, 2016, 18:17:16
Barham
Title: Re: Fire Beacons
Post by: kyn on July 09, 2016, 22:26:54
First one is at Hever Castle, the second is along the road on public ground near the church.
Title: Re: Fire Beacons
Post by: kyn on March 18, 2017, 23:30:00
Sandhurst