Kent Defences => Anti-Aircraft Batteries => Topic started by: MartinR on May 15, 2018, 19:46:09

Title: Redsands Fort
Post by: MartinR on May 15, 2018, 19:46:09
Heads up for anyone on line.  At 20:00 tonight on the "Yesterday" channel there is a programme "Abandoned Engineering" which contains a segment about the Redsands Fort.
Title: Re: Redsands Fort
Post by: Signals99 on May 18, 2018, 05:19:57
Yes, I watched the programme, very good. Understand they were built at Gravesend. Who built them?
Title: Re: Redsands Fort
Post by: conan on May 18, 2018, 10:37:02
Signals99  They were built by a partnership of Maunsell and Sir Alexander Gibb and Partners and constructed at Red Lion Wharf Gravesend (see paragraph 8 on this link)

http://www.engineering-timelines.com/who/Maunsell_G/maunsellGuy5.asp

Gibbs were very active in my part of the country (Wiltshire) during the war, being heavily involved, and profiteering from, the construction of the CAD at Corsham and the massive underground Spring Quarry BAC aero engine factory.
Title: Re: Redsands Fort
Post by: Signals99 on May 18, 2018, 14:35:48
Conan, thanks for that, I have seen the forts from sea level, my only interest is the fact that my father, a clerical officer grade 2, was stationed at RNAD Lodge Hill and was responsible for de-ammunitioning some of the forts after the war. He told me most of the explosive stores came back to Upnor, most of the fixed ammunition was Army but was "broken down " under contract at Lodge Hill laboratories.
Not very interesting, I know, but it kind of rounds off the story.
Title: Re: Redsands Fort
Post by: Mickleburgh on May 18, 2018, 22:58:33
Must not forget the latter day life of some of the forts as `pirate` radio stations. As I recall Red Sands  was the `Good Music Station` run by an entrepeneur from Folkestone who drowned in a boating accident en route there. Also, in order to prove the forts were within territorial waters, a naval officer had to pick a suitable tide to land on an exposed sandbank and spend long enough there to plant a flag and claim the land for the Queen.
Title: Re: Redsands Fort
Post by: conan on May 18, 2018, 23:14:15
A bit more information about Radio Invicta based on Redsands fort including the sad drowning of Tom Pepper

http://www.offshoreradio.co.uk/odds64.htm
Title: Re: Redsands Fort
Post by: Signals99 on May 19, 2018, 09:13:59
The nick name Tom Pepper was one I have not come across for some time. My mother used it to describe someone who was, to put it politely, a stranger to the truth. Was this just a local saying? I googled it, seems fairly wide spread usage and meaning.