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Re: Structure Near Cliffe Fort
« Reply #6 on: July 21, 2010, 12:40:11 »
Yeah, think theyre lime kilns, they were part of the old cement works. Ive got some photos of inside/on top of them somewhere at home, Ill try to dig them out.

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Re: Structure Near Cliffe Fort
« Reply #5 on: July 21, 2010, 07:38:14 »
Maybe it's big horse I'm a Londoner. :{

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Re: Structure Near Cliffe Fort
« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2010, 03:14:51 »
Was looking at the fort on Google Earth and noticed a long structure in the area north-east of it.  I'm trying to remember back to the days when I used to explore the fort, but can't picture what this structure was.  Is it associated with the fort or defences?  Or maybe something to do with the cement works?

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Re: Structure Near Cliffe Fort
« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2009, 13:37:28 »
Been searching the web since last night. There used to be a v good site on Cliffe Fort with a diagram of my building, but that site seems to be no more.

All I can find now is one pic on a different site. It's the bottom one on this link. I presume I am not allowed to just re-post that pic here ?

http://images.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=http://www.ecastles.co.uk/cliffe5.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.ecastles.co.uk/cliffe.html&usg=__1eV884tpz9l9_i-vkvYYEIKiHNg=&h=360&w=480&sz=48&hl=en&start=22&tbnid=VFRusQVBaflXXM:&tbnh=97&tbnw=129&
amp;prev=/images%3Fq%3Dcliffe%2Bfort%26gbv%3D2%26ndsp%3D18%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DN%26start%3D18

Just to add to what Kyn mentioned about it being lime kilns - It used to be called Creek Works, labelled on turn of the century maps as whiting or cement works.
By overlaying old maps onto new you can make out the structure through the ages, at one point its labelled as a kiln.

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Re: Structure Near Cliffe Fort
« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2009, 22:04:16 »
Just received this from an appreciated regular guest:

Re the Cliffe thread, the mystery structure, I was told that it was a lime kiln by Ian Hogg who originally miss-identified it as a high angle battery proposed for the area.

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Structure Near Cliffe Fort
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2009, 20:25:28 »
I have been to Cliffe Fort on several occassions. There is a building a few hundred yards to the north, on the other side of the conveyer belt that I have been in. Should be here if the link works......

http://www.bing.com/maps/default.aspx?v=2&FORM=LMLTCP&cp=sk85hkh15skd&style=b&lvl=2&tilt=-90&dir=0&alt=-1000&scene=29558214&phx=0&phy=0&phscl=1&encType=1

( Can't get this to link to the correct spot. Scroll well left along the road to the fort, and then scroll northeast slightly ).


It's a long thin building, divided into nine compartments. Windows from these face back towards the landward side. My understanding is that this was an afterthought added to Cliffe's defences. It was a set of simple casemates designed to cover the causeway and marsh to prevent a landward attack on the fort.

Completely physically unconnected to the fort itself. Obviously dependant on the main fort for garrison and magazines.
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