Leisure => General Leisure => Parks, Playgrounds & Playing fields => Topic started by: merc on June 05, 2008, 23:43:02

Title: Great Lines Heritage Park
Post by: merc on June 05, 2008, 23:43:02
Work is underway at Fort Amherst to create an action plan for the Great Lines Heritage Park. Fort Amherst could become a major public entrance to the Park, providing excellent links with Chatham town centre and waterfront. Survey work is now determining what work will be required to create and maintain the site as a free-access public park.

The survey has been commissioned by the Chatham World Heritage steering group, and is being carried out by specialist consultancy The Bailey Partnership. The work is being paid for by Medway Council, the South East England Development Agency, English Heritage and the European Union.

Tony Goulden, Chair of Fort Amherst Heritage Trust, said: "We are delighted that Fort Amherst will be making as major a contribution to Chatham's future as it did to its past. The fort is integral both to the World Heritage Site application, and to the regeneration of Chatham town centre and waterfront.  The Great Lines Park will be a landmark fusion of heritage and regeneration."


Source: http://www.chathamworldheritage.org.uk/index/3481.htm (http://www.chathamworldheritage.org.uk/index/3481.htm)

Title: Re: Great Lines Heritage Park
Post by: karlostg on April 01, 2009, 18:53:29
From Kent Messenger

"Great Lines Park should be open by 2011
 
Five contractors are being appointed to transform the Great Lines into a heritage park.

The go ahead for the 2.1 million scheme was given by Medway Council's Cabinet on Tuesday.

The area between the hospital, Brompton Barracks and Fort Amherst is part of a bid to gain World Heritage Status for Medway's military remains around the Historic Dockyard.

The work will involve the laying of footpaths, architectural lighting, the construction of bridges over the defensive ditches which will be excavated between the Fort Anherst and the Lower Lines.

The government backed project has English Heritage's active involvement.

The scheme - called the Great Lines Heritage Park - should be completed within the next two years."

http://www.medwaymessenger.co.uk/kol08/article/default.asp?article_id=59905 (http://www.medwaymessenger.co.uk/kol08/article/default.asp?article_id=59905)

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Something happening in Medway within the next two year, No Chance!  ;D

Title: Re: Great Lines Heritage Park
Post by: merc on January 18, 2010, 20:06:32
Work has started on the Great Lines Heritage Park.

There's a number of marker posts on the Lines, and they've closed off a long narrow section on the lines between Gillingham and Brompton to make a new footpath. Also i've noticed vegitation being cleared in a few places.
Title: Re: Great Lines Heritage Park
Post by: Merv on January 31, 2010, 01:48:11
They said at the meeting it will be open Dawn to Dusk when complete.
I hope they are joking, it saves a mighty yomp walking back across the lines from Chatham to Gillingham
Title: Re: Great Lines Heritage Park
Post by: merc on March 02, 2010, 00:20:23
Some recent photo's of the Heritage Park presently under construction

(http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee257/mercury1923/GreatLinesHeritageParkMar12.jpg)

Brompton Road


(http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee257/mercury1923/GreatLinesHeritageParkMar13.jpg)

(http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee257/mercury1923/GreatLinesHeritageParkMar14.jpg)

(http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee257/mercury1923/GreatLinesHeritageParkMar15.jpg)

(http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee257/mercury1923/GreatLinesHeritageParkMar16.jpg)

(http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee257/mercury1923/GreatLinesHeritageParkMar11.jpg)
Title: Re: Great Lines Heritage Park
Post by: karlostg on March 02, 2010, 09:49:23
Thanks for the pics Merc. I must say when I first heard about this idea, I didnt think it was a very good one, but I walked the path on Saturday and have now changed my opinion.  :)
Title: Re: Great Lines Heritage Park
Post by: colin haggart on April 16, 2010, 15:11:13
Some photos I took today of the new footpaths on The Lines.

(http://i278.photobucket.com/albums/kk90/colinhaggart/Photos%20volume%20two/Lp2.jpg)

(http://i278.photobucket.com/albums/kk90/colinhaggart/Photos%20volume%20two/Lp1.jpg)

(http://i278.photobucket.com/albums/kk90/colinhaggart/Photos%20volume%20two/Lp3.jpg)

(http://i278.photobucket.com/albums/kk90/colinhaggart/Photos%20volume%20two/Lp4.jpg)

(http://i278.photobucket.com/albums/kk90/colinhaggart/Photos%20volume%20two/Lp5.jpg)
Title: Re: Great Lines Heritage Park
Post by: merc on April 16, 2010, 19:52:09
One of the new paths will eventually lead into Fort Amherst, and then across a new bridge over one of the dry ditches.
Title: Re: Great Lines Heritage Park
Post by: merc on April 25, 2010, 17:19:45
They're making some steps up the steep path behind Town Hall Gardens now.

(http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee257/mercury1923/LinesApril251-1.jpg)

(http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee257/mercury1923/LinesApril253-1.jpg)
Then and now photo's. 1940's (i think) above.
(http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee257/mercury1923/LinesApril252-1.jpg)
Title: Re: Great Lines Heritage Park
Post by: merc on July 11, 2010, 00:46:37
(http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee257/mercury1923/LinesJuly111.jpg)

(http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee257/mercury1923/LinesJuly112.jpg)

Where a path will eventually lead into Fort Amherst from the Great Lines


(http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee257/mercury1923/LinesJuly114.jpg)

Follow the yellow brick road...


(http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee257/mercury1923/LinesJuly115.jpg)

One of the new benches on the Garrison Sports Ground part of the Lines


(http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee257/mercury1923/LinesJuly116.jpg)

The new Brompton Road entrance

(http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee257/mercury1923/LinesJuly117.jpg)
Title: Re: Great Lines Heritage Park
Post by: Leofwine on July 11, 2010, 00:59:20
Interesting photos.  It will be nice if the Great Lines becomes more of a park and less a piece of waste ground.  I wonder if they will ever reinstate the bridge and path that went over/around the reservoir and linked the Lines with the tennis courts.  That used to be a nice walk, through the garrison gardens and up to the War Memorial.
Title: Re: Great Lines Heritage Park
Post by: kyn on March 07, 2011, 17:35:09
Leofwine, we have just applied for a grant to reinstate that bridge, it will mark the bicentennial anniversary of the R.E's in Chatham  :)
Title: Re: Great Lines Heritage Park
Post by: Leofwine on March 08, 2011, 12:05:24
That's great news. I hope the application is successful.
Title: Re: Great Lines Heritage Park
Post by: smiler on March 08, 2011, 12:43:21
Leofwine    Walked along these new paths about 6 weeks ago first time in years, just found this thread and didn't realise it was all happening.Apart from the bridge is it all finished yet if not any ideas when
Title: Re: Great Lines Heritage Park
Post by: Far away on November 30, 2011, 09:33:56
Please put me out of my misery - what is that cylindrical lump of concrete with a square hole in the side?  :)
Title: Re: Great Lines Heritage Park
Post by: merc on November 30, 2011, 10:54:26
Please put me out of my misery - what is that cylindrical lump of concrete with a square hole in the side?  :)

Hi Far away, as far as I know, it was for a searchlight during the war.
Title: Re: Great Lines Heritage Park
Post by: Far away on November 30, 2011, 11:09:38
Thanks Merc, I did wonder whether it was from that era. If it had had a steel pin sticking up I would have guessed it to be a mortar mount.

Why do I like concrete so much?
Title: Re: Great Lines Heritage Park
Post by: Swanney on August 21, 2012, 23:30:16
I was sorting through some old photographs and found this one of a horse on the Great Lines.   I think I took this in the early 1980's.  Most horses were kept on chains but I think this one was free. 
Title: Re: Great Lines Heritage Park
Post by: merc on August 22, 2012, 07:55:12
I was thinking about the horses that used to be kept on the Lines the other day :)

I believe there's an exhibition at Gillingham Library on at the moment, showing some "now and then" photo's of the Great Lines.
Title: Re: Great Lines Heritage Park
Post by: Swanney on August 22, 2012, 15:05:52
Thanks Merc.  I'll try and get over there to have a look.