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Offline Leofwine

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Re: The Mysterious Belvedere Battery Guardhouse, Fort Amherst
« Reply #65 on: November 12, 2017, 18:29:12 »
Now the bricks have weathered the new brickwork indicating the position/layout of the old guardhouse it looks a little less garish than it did when new.

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Re: The Mysterious Belvedere Battery Guardhouse, Fort Amherst
« Reply #64 on: August 14, 2013, 13:27:45 »
See my latest post on the Grand Magazine... regarding why it looks as it does.

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Re: The Mysterious Belvedere Battery Guardhouse, Fort Amherst
« Reply #63 on: August 08, 2013, 11:19:29 »
I have to admit that it looks better than the pictures below of work in progress, I can only hope that a display showing pictures of the original structure and the work done to uncover its real purpose will be erected on this site, a great bit of detective work taking it from a 'Blockhouse' to its present 'Guardhouse'.

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Re: The Mysterious Belvedere Battery Guardhouse, Fort Amherst
« Reply #62 on: July 25, 2013, 17:38:12 »
Yuk :(  They could have done a better and more attractive job than that!

Sorry, I really hoped they would have found a way to do this that was much more sympathetic.

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Re: The Mysterious Belvedere Battery Guardhouse, Fort Amherst
« Reply #61 on: July 25, 2013, 17:06:12 »
The bricks marking the footprint of the guardhouse, plus all the paving has been layed. The top of Belvedere is now open to the public again :)

(I hope Leofwine doesn't mind me adding the pictures)


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Re: The Mysterious Belvedere Battery Guardhouse, Fort Amherst
« Reply #60 on: May 19, 2013, 01:02:12 »
[sobs] They've filled in all our wonderful holes!

Some have been filled in, others have been removed as the ground level has been reduced by approximately a foot (300mm for metric types) over most of the area.
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Re: The Mysterious Belvedere Battery Guardhouse, Fort Amherst
« Reply #59 on: May 19, 2013, 00:04:25 »
[sobs] They've filled in all our wonderful holes!

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Re: The Mysterious Belvedere Battery Guardhouse, Fort Amherst
« Reply #58 on: May 18, 2013, 23:15:24 »
There have been some major changes at the guardhouse since I last posted a few weeks ago, so I thought I'd post a series of pictures showing how it has changed from day to day. It certainly has changed since January (First pic here: http://www.kenthistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=10871.msg135550#msg135550)

Belvedere Guardhouse, 19 April, 2013


Belvedere Guardhouse, 20 April, 2013


Belvedere Guardhouse, 22 April, 2013


Belvedere Guardhouse, 29 April, 2013


Belvedere Guardhouse, 30 April, 2013


Belvedere Guardhouse, 5 May, 2013


Belvedere Guardhouse, 6 May, 2013


Belvedere Guardhouse, 7 May, 2013


Belvedere Guardhouse, 14 May, 2013



Belvedere Guardhouse, 15 May, 2013


Belvedere Guardhouse, 16 May, 2013


Belvedere Guardhouse, 17 May, 2013


Belvedere Guardhouse, 18 May, 2013
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Re: The Mysterious Belvedere Battery Guardhouse, Fort Amherst
« Reply #57 on: April 18, 2013, 08:35:53 »
Just a thought Leofwine. The RE's Professional Papers might shed some light on the thinking behind the construction techniques used. I have found them to be a mine of information about how magazines were waterproofed, buildings rendered, and even the fireproofing of timber barrack huts!

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Re: The Mysterious Belvedere Battery Guardhouse, Fort Amherst
« Reply #56 on: April 17, 2013, 00:34:09 »
The excavation of the guardhouse and surrounding 'courtyard' has thrown up a number of questions, one of which is related to the way the 'ground level' is built up. The 1867 plan shows a drainage channel running along the south-east side of the guardhouse building which joins the main drainage channel at the southern end (yellow lines on plan).



Sometime in the late nineteenth century (I believe after the 1867 plan) the area was surfaced in concrete covered with an asphalt/bitumen 'tarmac' (I know true Tarmac is later, but it describes the surface well). West of the drainage channel (area 2 on plan above) the ground beneath it is a dense clay & chalk soil, free of artefacts. I believe this to be the natural local soil used to backfill the area when it was first built. The same soil is under the guardhouse with no indication of construction trenches, suggesting it was backfilled after the walls were constructed.

West of the drainage channel (area 1) is a different story. Beneath the concrete are various layers of sand and 'cinder', to a depth of about 15-18 inches, below which is the clay & chalk mix seen on the rest of the site. It is unclear if the layers of cinder (ash with varying quantities of charcoal in it) are a planned surface or represent layers of refuse from fires or stoves. The cinder layers are somewhat uneven and vary in thickness from about half an inch to about two inches, but on average is about an inch. Beneath each cinder layer is a layer of light coloured sand about three to four inches thick. The sand layers are generally very clean and even, free of finds/artefacts. The upper cinder layer contains a number of finds, mainly animal bone, clay pipe fragments and pottery sherds. The lower cinder layer contains similar finds, but far fewer in number.  Above the upper cinder layer is a layer of darker sand about four inches thick, generally free of finds.



I am not sure why the two areas have been treated differently, or the reason behind the various layers of sand and cinder in the western area.  Does anyone know of any similar examples or have any possible explanations I may not have thought of?
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Re: The Mysterious Belvedere Battery Guardhouse, Fort Amherst
« Reply #55 on: April 16, 2013, 19:06:26 »
The Guardhouse, 16 April, 2013. A couple more trenches and more work done in existing trenches. Another trench added out of shot on the grass.



The spoil heap has become quite extensive, all moved by hand!

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Re: The Mysterious Belvedere Battery Guardhouse, Fort Amherst
« Reply #54 on: April 11, 2013, 11:20:26 »
Hi, I have to agree with your name change, it does fit the structure a whole lot better. As for your pictures, all I can say is 'eat your heart out Time Team'. Have you ascertained what the lean-to structure was on the side of the guardhouse?

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Re: The Mysterious Belvedere Battery Guardhouse, Fort Amherst
« Reply #53 on: April 10, 2013, 23:21:36 »
The Guardhouse, 10 Apr 2013. More trenches to establish what surrounded the guardhouse, later modifications and drainage.

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Re: The Mysterious Belvedere Battery Guardhouse, Fort Amherst
« Reply #52 on: April 08, 2013, 21:58:22 »
I've just renamed this thread, replacing 'Blockhouse' with 'Guardhouse' as this seems to be how it was most often referred to in contemporary documents, and seems to have become  the one we are using most often now.

The Guardhouse, 8th April 2013. Excavations continue and the brick floor partially removed.
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Re: The Mysterious Belvedere Battery Guardhouse, Fort Amherst
« Reply #51 on: April 05, 2013, 17:12:44 »
5th April 2013, 1930s annexe under excavation, removal of concrete at south of guardhouse.
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