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Re: War Department Boundary Markers
« Reply #84 on: June 03, 2013, 11:07:25 »
Leofwine mentioned a few weeks ago that he was considering touring Brompton to find all the marked stones and seeing which ones were missing.  Well I decided to have a wander yesterday around Darland to do the same thing.  The map below is the one I worked from and is dated 1938.  The red circles show the ones I couldn't find, the light green show the ones I didn't look for (too many brambles) and the turquoise ones are the ones I found.



The first one I found (1) on Darland Road on the wall of the old Upper Darland Farm wall and looks like this:



Got some funny looks from a lady walking past as I photographed it :)

The second one (2) was along the A2 just before you reach the new TA centre from Chatham:





And the third one (3) is on the back of the Marker Stone (32 miles to London) on the opposite side of the road near the Will Adams Memorial:



Actually the last one is not a WD Boundary Marker, just a benchmark, I got a little carried away!  The actual boundary marker was missing or hidden in a bush!

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Re: War Department Boundary Markers
« Reply #83 on: May 18, 2013, 23:41:55 »
Stone No. 114, Junction of Lower Rainham Road & Featherby Road at Grange. It is associated with the Grange Redoubt (http://www.kenthistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=1724.0)

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Re: War Department Boundary Markers
« Reply #82 on: May 18, 2013, 15:12:14 »
Most of the boundary stones in this thread are of the same basic type: WD, the broad arrow and a number (or an anchor & number for Admiralty ones),  but does anyone know when this pattern originated.  I know that boundary stones are shown on the 1718 map showing the land purchased for the Lines, but I don't know if they were of that pattern. I have seen a couple with dates from the mid-nineteenth century, but the basic design was possibly in use before this.
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Re: War Department Boundary Markers
« Reply #81 on: April 23, 2013, 21:07:23 »
Here's the other stone which is near it. I didn't notice the writing on top first time, mind you, I can't read it. Any ideas? (might even be upside down)

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Re: War Department Boundary Markers
« Reply #80 on: April 22, 2013, 20:00:35 »
I think there was a smaller, grey, piece of stone there, but I didn't pay much attention to that one as I thought it was just a piece of rubble. Could that be one of them?

I might pop down the fort tomorrow to have another look...

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Re: War Department Boundary Markers
« Reply #79 on: April 22, 2013, 18:48:17 »
I am sure there were two or three of them. They just sat there for ages on the top of the ditch wall where the digger deposited them.

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Re: War Department Boundary Markers
« Reply #78 on: April 22, 2013, 17:31:05 »
Any idea what happened to the other ones bromptonboy?
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Re: War Department Boundary Markers
« Reply #77 on: April 22, 2013, 09:52:08 »
When the Barrier Ditch was being cleared and re-excavated back in the late 1980's/early 90's some WD boundary stones were found in the fill, including the one pictured, which suggests that on some occasions the redundant ditches were used as tips by the WD/MOD. Makes you wonder what else might turn up?

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Re: War Department Boundary Markers
« Reply #76 on: April 21, 2013, 13:23:59 »
Very interesting, thanks Leofwine :)


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Re: War Department Boundary Markers
« Reply #75 on: April 20, 2013, 22:35:01 »
After checking the old maps of the area I have located where that stone comes from, but can't explain how it got to the fort. Until sometime between 1896 and 1909 WD Stone No.16 was located on the Lower Lines, on the north side of Medway Road, opposite the end of Wyles Street. It is no longer there after 1909. My guess is that when the land in that area was transferred to the Admiralty (c.1903?) the stone was removed and somehow ended up at the fort. Stones 15 - 12 were also located along the north side of Medway Road/Bridge Road and also disappeared at the same time.
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Re: War Department Boundary Markers
« Reply #74 on: April 20, 2013, 21:49:28 »
I looked at the pic again, and you are right. There was/is an admiralty one at the top of the Barrier Ditch that I understood was for the Sailors' Home, but that would have been on the opposite side of the ditch. Strangely I cant find a boundary stone on that side of the Barrier Ditch on any of the old maps I have so I wonder if it was moved from somewhere else?
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Re: War Department Boundary Markers
« Reply #73 on: April 20, 2013, 18:31:53 »
Some of the writing is unclear on it.  I think it's a 'WD' marker, but I could be wrong....


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Re: War Department Boundary Markers
« Reply #72 on: April 20, 2013, 17:54:30 »
I think that one is an admiralty marker that once marked the boundary of the Sailor's Home land.
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Re: War Department Boundary Markers
« Reply #71 on: April 20, 2013, 17:17:52 »
I noticed this one at Fort Amherst today. It was previously hidden by undergrowth. It's next to the picnic area, by the edge of the Barrier Ditch.

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Re: War Department Boundary Markers
« Reply #70 on: October 10, 2012, 19:26:42 »
High Street, Grain.

 

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