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Offline cliveh

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Re: Gun Wharf, Chatham
« Reply #75 on: August 25, 2011, 19:42:06 »
Plan of the Gun Wharf from 1911 which has helped me now identify the buildings in my earlier post:



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Re: Gun Wharf, Chatham
« Reply #74 on: August 07, 2011, 20:46:40 »
Lovely, thank you!

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Re: Gun Wharf, Chatham
« Reply #73 on: August 07, 2011, 20:43:03 »
Sorry if this is OT (do shout if there is a thread about this) but just to the right of where that last photo was taken is a Dockyard building, the wall of which is covered in old grafitti - the oldest I've seen is from 1788.

Could this have been carved whilst people were waiting to embark/disembark at the landing stage? I've often wondered as the lettering is very beautiful, and not the kind of casual thing you'd see done with a penknife in a hurry. 

If I get round to setting up a Flickr account I'll try to post some photos.

http://www.kenthistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=250.0

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Re: Gun Wharf, Chatham
« Reply #72 on: August 07, 2011, 20:14:32 »
Sorry if this is OT (do shout if there is a thread about this) but just to the right of where that last photo was taken is a Dockyard building, the wall of which is covered in old grafitti - the oldest I've seen is from 1788.

Could this have been carved whilst people were waiting to embark/disembark at the landing stage? I've often wondered as the lettering is very beautiful, and not the kind of casual thing you'd see done with a penknife in a hurry. 

If I get round to setting up a Flickr account I'll try to post some photos.

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Re: Gun Wharf, Chatham
« Reply #71 on: August 07, 2011, 17:08:20 »
Yes, Leofwine, it is.

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Re: Gun Wharf, Chatham
« Reply #70 on: August 05, 2011, 17:49:09 »
Is the landing place the one known as New Stairs on some of the old maps (I think the name is still used for the road beside the garage in Dock Road) or is that a different one?
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Re: Gun Wharf, Chatham
« Reply #69 on: August 05, 2011, 16:52:21 »
Yes I noticed the difference in the levels here:



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Re: Gun Wharf, Chatham
« Reply #68 on: August 05, 2011, 16:39:57 »
Yes it did. The ground level in your pic is about five feet higher than the original track level. As a boy in Brompton I recall old stories of the local lads going swimming from it but following some drownings it appears the council closed the access. I think this was between the wars.

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Re: Gun Wharf, Chatham
« Reply #67 on: August 05, 2011, 12:07:53 »
Sorry bromptonboy I should correct my last photo post:

Did the railway come through from the Dockyard at the newer portion of wall to the right of the section shown on my previous photo as seen here:


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Re: Gun Wharf, Chatham
« Reply #66 on: August 05, 2011, 11:44:50 »
Thanks bromptonboy - that's very interesting. I see now from my 1955 plan of the Dockyard & Gun Wharf areas that there was a causeway there. Did the public actually make much use of the landing place?

I'm trying to envisage the bridge over the raiiway line.

Would I be correct in thinking that the Dockyard Railway came through to the Gun Wharf here:


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Re: Gun Wharf, Chatham
« Reply #65 on: August 05, 2011, 10:06:17 »
Clive, your question opens up an interesting can of worms. The remains you mention are of a landing place. It was made up of a platform around the dockyard side and a causeway out into the river. The two higher posts in the foreground were the river end supports for a bridge that went over the Dockyard railway line. The landing place was a public one and not owned by the Admiralty or WD. However, this is where the can of worms comes in. When the Admiralty sold the Marine barracks they included the landing place and access road down to it in the sale. There was correspondance about it but the Admiralty insisted it was theirs and went ahead anyway. 

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Re: Gun Wharf, Chatham
« Reply #64 on: August 04, 2011, 11:39:22 »
Does anyone please have any idea what structure these are the remains of on the Gun Wharf side of the wall with the Dockyard?

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Re: Gun Wharf, Chatham
« Reply #63 on: August 03, 2011, 21:20:34 »
Thanks bromptonboy - I should've re-read the thread from the start again!

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Re: Gun Wharf, Chatham
« Reply #62 on: August 03, 2011, 17:29:03 »
Thanks bromptonboy - that's most interesting. When did the AERE have use of these buildings? and what was the "Command House" originally?

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Clive, have a look at page one of this topic for the UKAEA details. It would appear that they were operational at Gun Wharf in 1957, 1959, 1962 and possibly as late as 1966!

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Re: Gun Wharf, Chatham
« Reply #61 on: August 03, 2011, 16:15:37 »
Thanks Leofwine!  :)

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