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Offline kyn

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Re: St Mary's Casemated Barracks, Chatham
« Reply #13 on: April 16, 2010, 11:25:37 »
I do not know about any offers the papers have given out, I have only been involved dow there for about 18 months.

The ditches run reasonable unchanged as far as Sally Port Gardens, from here they have been infilled for a short distance.  They start again in MoD land and are mostly remaining apart from a small section running under Khyber Road whiuch has been infilled.  The whole of the end of the lines have been lost with the construction of the Naval Barracks, Kitchener Barracks.

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Re: St Mary's Casemated Barracks, Chatham
« Reply #12 on: April 16, 2010, 08:01:18 »
Yes that would be an interesting experience Kyn.I would say that would be a two tablet job with my particular problems!Wasn't a newspaper offering reduced rate trips around the fort and undeveloped areas a couple of years back?Are the Lines unbroken down to where St. Mary's Barracks were or has there been infilling etc?

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Re: St Mary's Casemated Barracks, Chatham
« Reply #11 on: April 15, 2010, 23:50:07 »
It must be about time you had a return trip  :)  A gentle walk around the unrestored area of Fort Amherst is always on the cards if I am there!

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« Reply #10 on: April 15, 2010, 22:57:49 »
Yes, repairing the walls would have given the troops some good training if they were the ones that did it. Passing the remains of Fort Pitt in the mid 1960's intrigued me so i nipped through the fence and had a quick look at what was left.That would have been where the blockhouse once was i suppose.A schoolmate and me did get into the Prince William barracks near Fort Amherst(i think i've got the right place) a year or so earlier but we never explored much further down the lines.

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Re: St Mary's Casemated Barracks, Chatham
« Reply #9 on: April 15, 2010, 16:06:29 »
At least with the sieges they repaired the walls again, but I really would have liked to see these barracks.  They had an interesting history with being overflow from Fort Pitt Hospital too.

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Re: St Mary's Casemated Barracks, Chatham
« Reply #8 on: April 15, 2010, 15:30:06 »
Shame most of it's gone. We've had similar destruction of historical sites in Dover over the years.Going by merc's print the Victorians weren't over bothered with preserving either, even if the Lines were obsolete by then.

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Re: St Mary's Casemated Barracks, Chatham
« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2010, 12:35:36 »
They are not, houses and flats have replaced them.  Some of the victorian workings on the bastion's still remain from behind these though and can be seen in the Lower Lines Park.

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Re: St Mary's Casemated Barracks, Chatham
« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2010, 12:30:05 »
I like old coloured plans like these Kyn.Without looking up elsewhere about these barracks,are they still standing?

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Re: St Mary's Casemated Barracks, Chatham
« Reply #5 on: April 15, 2010, 11:26:00 »
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Re: St Mary's Casemated Barracks, Chatham
« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2010, 11:15:16 »
This section is to the left of the above plan, along the track at the bottom left.

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Re: St Mary's Casemated Barracks, Chatham
« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2010, 23:16:19 »
Some close-ups to come  :)

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Re: St Mary's Casemated Barracks, Chatham
« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2009, 07:12:03 »
Look at all those gun embrasures! 16 of them on just that section of the line - and that's only the ones that are shown. I would expect some flanking galleries to sweep the ditch bottom as well.

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St Mary's Casemated Barracks, Chatham
« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2009, 14:53:50 »
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