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Re: Spit of Grain Tower
« Reply #45 on: January 24, 2017, 19:47:09 »
IKS Exploration have a three-part tour...

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Re: Spit of Grain Tower
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Re: Spit of Grain Tower
« Reply #41 on: September 25, 2013, 09:06:51 »
Two 4.7” Q.F.
R. Group

Capacity of Magazines

Shell Store – 1000 Rounds
Cartridge store – 1000 Rounds

Capacity of Ammunition Recesses

Shell – 700 Rounds
Cartridges – 480 Rounds

Date of Commencement – 8-12-1910
Date of Completion – 6-3-1912

Estimated Cost - £2000
Actual Cost - £1795

Date of Erection of Original Tower 1847 to 1854

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Re: Spit of Grain Tower
« Reply #40 on: September 15, 2013, 00:12:02 »
The Martello tower, off the Spit Isle of Grain, erected by Messrs. Kirk and Parry, of Sleaford, Lincolnshire, is completed, and was on Saturday officially given up to the Ordnance authority at Sheerness. The tower has been nearly two years in erection, and is completed within the time specified by the Board of Ordnance.
The peculiar construction of this tower gives it the facility of firing the guns (which are to be of the largest calibre) on traversing centre pivots, so as to do execution in the fair-way of the rivers Thames and Medway.  With the latter river this tower forms a crossfire with the Sheerness Battery guns, sufficient to sink any ships attempting to pass. The tower is struck from seven different centres, in order to get stability to the available parts thereof. The average thickness of the solid masonry is 12 feet. The outer dimensions are 63 feet by 71 feet, underneath is a barrack room capable of accommodating 30 gunners, and an officers private room.
The basement story contains the following rooms; viz, ordnance store, provision store, barrack store, regimental store and magazine, the latter being encased with an entire coat of asphalte.
The whole of this basement is lined with nine-inch brickwork, all being within a 12-feet wall of masonry. The estimated cost of this tower is about £14,000, exclusive of its foundation of piles, which support solid balks of timber, with York landings, being filled in to a depth of 6 feet with cement. The extreme height of the tower is 41 feet 6 inches.
From the exposed situation of the tower, which is subject to the sea and weather, great difficulties were experienced during the winter months in proceeding with the work.


From the Launceston Examiner (Aus) 16 February 1856.
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Re: Spit of Grain Tower
« Reply #39 on: July 07, 2013, 19:34:33 »
1914
Sheerness District.
Martello Tower.
Two 4.7” QF
R. Group.
Rise and fall of tides – 16ft.
Mean Sea Level Sheerness – 1 ft. above O.D.
Capacity of Magazines – Shell Store 1000 Rounds
Cartridge Store 1000 Rounds
Capacity of Ammunition Recesses – Shell 700 Rounds
Cartridges 480 Rounds
Accommodation – Peace
Officers (Not allotted)
Men (Not allotted)
War – 1 Officer
32 NCO’s & men
Water supply by 2 in main from Grain Fort.
Hot water heating
Date of commencement – 8-12-1910
Date of completion – 6-3-1912
Estimated cost - £2000-
Actual cost - £1795-
Date of erection of original tower 1847 to 1854


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Re: Spit of Grain Tower
« Reply #38 on: April 23, 2013, 21:32:39 »
Interesting to see all this. As a Des.res one could really pull up the drawbridge. It always looks like an old castle from across the Estuary - I can see it most days

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Re: Spit of Grain Tower
« Reply #37 on: April 22, 2013, 18:14:11 »
Kyn,  I would love the know the date of your photo with the gang on the ack-ack gun and the hoist lowering it into place.  The bloke on the left could very well be my father who was on such guns whilst in the Royal Artillery during the war.  I never saw him with so much hair but from the side it looks awfully like him.

I think the six pounder guns were mounted in 1940.

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Re: Spit of Grain Tower
« Reply #36 on: April 22, 2013, 17:54:14 »
Kyn,  I would love to know the date of your photo with the gang on the ack-ack gun and the hoist lowering it into place.  The bloke on the left could very well be my father who was on such guns whilst in the Royal Artillery during the war.  I never saw him with so much hair but from the side it looks awfully like him.

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Re: Spit of Grain Tower
« Reply #35 on: April 22, 2013, 11:01:49 »
A few shots from my recent visit:


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Re: Spit of Grain Tower
« Reply #33 on: November 11, 2011, 09:50:26 »
The causeway to the tower replaced an earlier one which was further to the north and an angled course.  The causeway which is used now was added sometime before 1889, although it is thought this may be an even later rebuild from around 1915.  Although similar to the earlier Martello Towers the original tower here does not conform to any regular feature.  It resembles a circle which has been flattened on the eastern and north eastern side, the sides that would have been more likely to have been attacked. Inside, the rooms are a complete circle, showing the extra thickness of the eastern and north eastern wall.  Another difference between Grain Tower and other Martello Towers is that instead of just being brick built Grain has an outer layer of granite ashlar.

More random information to be added at a later date :)

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Re: Spit of Grain Tower
« Reply #32 on: July 24, 2011, 14:14:23 »
1856 illustration showing the tower.


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Re: Spit of Grain Tower
« Reply #31 on: October 14, 2010, 13:43:23 »
Hi medwayboy,

I doubt 'very much' there was ever a tunnel between the tower and the fort.

 

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