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Offline conan

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Re: Upnor Castle
« Reply #34 on: February 24, 2016, 00:01:49 »
Chatham News - Saturday 03 October 1863

In order to guard against the possibility of an accident by fire at the Government powder magazines and shell stores, Upnor Castle, Chatham, the authorities have given directions for the construction of a reservoir of large dimensions, in close proximity to the magazine and store rooms, the mains leading from which are to be kept constantly charged at high preassure. The contract for the erection of the proposed works has been taken by Mr. K. Spicer.

Another reference to K Spicer

http://www.kenthistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=16073.0

and one of his buildings

http://www.chathamhistoricalsoc.btck.co.uk/HistorySection/StMichaelsRCChurch
To remain ignorant of what happened before you were born is to remain a child......Cicero

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Re: Upnor Castle
« Reply #33 on: February 23, 2016, 21:27:53 »
Chatham News - Saturday 03 October 1863

In order to guard against the possibility of an accident by fire at the Government powder magazines and shell stores, Upnor Castle, Chatham, the authorities have given directions for the construction of a reservoir of large dimensions, in close proximity to the magazine and store rooms, the mains leading from which are to be kept constantly charged at high preassure. The contract for the erection of the proposed works has been taken by Mr. K. Spicer.

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Re: Upnor Castle
« Reply #32 on: March 24, 2013, 19:19:28 »
Good to see all those pics.  It fell to me as a callow youth at Strood RDC to organise commemorative activities on the 300th anniversary of the Dutch invasion of the Medway.  I made extensive use of very attractive Medway College of Arts students in period costume to act as tour guides around the place.  Many thousands visited for the weekend's festivities and it was quite an uplifting occasion for a little Council to manage.  I seem to remember much ale being supped!

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Re: Upnor Castle
« Reply #31 on: March 24, 2013, 17:09:17 »
I worked at Upnor RNAD in various parts of the establishment, as a junior store house assistant.
One of the most interesting jobs I was given was assisting a clerical officer in an inventory of the castle contents. It was used as an unofficial museum. Some of the exhibits I recall, such as a white head torpedo plus part of its firing mechanism, a large number of cutlasses, some dating back to Nelsons time, a collection of pistols and muskets, a chest of boarding axes plus a lot more. When Lodge Hill closed, it all went to the Tower of London for assessment. At that time the old storemans house was the residence of the Superintendent Of Armament Supply Officer. 





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Re: Upnor Castle
« Reply #30 on: September 04, 2012, 20:48:39 »
The topographicall description of ye parte of ye River of Medway in ye County of Kent, that lyeth beweene Rochester bridge & the lower mouth of St Marie Creek, whein are exactly noted, the ships of his Majesty’s Navye as they lye att roade on ye saide River with their severall names, birth’s & depths of water in those berthes att a lowe water.  The olde & new Dockes with their particular buildinges, storehouses, & offices.  The lande & howsing helde in lease by his Majesty from ye Manor of Chatham, St Mary Creke.  His Majesty’s castle of Upnor & the lande to it belonging, with the two sconces called Boys Sconce &  Warham Sconce, as they were observed by the painbulacon & view of the officers of his Majesty’s Navye by & with ye assistance of Charles Harbord Esq, his Majesty’s Surveyor generall by vertue of an order & direction in ye behalfe given by the right honourable, the Lordes & others Commissioners of the Admiraltie of England, bearing date att Whitehall, xxv – 1633.

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Re: Upnor Castle
« Reply #29 on: August 20, 2012, 21:34:32 »
A couple of shots from the river :)

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Re: Upnor Castle
« Reply #28 on: June 07, 2012, 23:53:09 »
A few illustrations of Upnor Castle.

1st c.1840
2nd c.1830
3rd c 1868

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« Reply #27 on: May 21, 2012, 13:59:05 »
And a few more.  The first two show the Storm Poles which were used to prevent enemys climbing the wall and getting into the castle.

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Re: Upnor Castle
« Reply #26 on: May 21, 2012, 13:56:29 »
LewisE's photos from the trip.


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« Reply #25 on: May 18, 2012, 08:37:32 »
Well found Merc :)

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Re: Upnor Castle
« Reply #24 on: May 18, 2012, 00:20:54 »
There's a roofed structure on the water bastion shown in this 1780 picture.

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Re: Upnor Castle
« Reply #23 on: May 14, 2012, 16:04:33 »
Thanks bromptonboy, I hope in time we get to see a picture of it or a plan.

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Re: Upnor Castle
« Reply #22 on: May 14, 2012, 14:47:45 »
Pic 3 - Roof over the water bastion. I believe this was part of the castle's conversion to a powder magazine. There was a landing jetty constructed that went out from the Water Bastion to allow powder to come directly into the castle at that point.

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Re: Upnor Castle
« Reply #21 on: May 14, 2012, 12:56:03 »
And the last few.  The first three are in or of the gatehouse and the last the model dipicting the Dutch raid in 1667.

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Re: Upnor Castle
« Reply #20 on: May 14, 2012, 11:37:42 »
Pic 1 - A small later room added onto the side of the main building.  The copper sheeting is evidence of the castle being used as a magazine, and can be found throughout the castle on doors and shutters.
Pic 2 - A cannon
Pic 3 - Evidence of a building which has been removed.  Does anyone have any information about this building?  It seems to have stretched across the whole of the front of the castle!

 

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