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Re: Milton Ranges, near Gravesend
« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2016, 17:48:55 »
As a member of a civilian rifle club, we used Milton Ranges in the late 70s and early 80s usually firing 7.62mm NATO. By that time it became necessary to have someone stationed on the footpath rather than just red flags flying.

The plan is a little optimistic, showing the railway line running north east as "To Sheerness", mind the watery gap!
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Re: Milton Ranges, near Gravesend
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2016, 17:10:58 »
Link to Milton Ranges byelaws 1963. 7 pages with map. PDF file 1.1 MB.


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« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2010, 14:52:56 »
October 8, 1859

The proposed intention of converting marshes opposite the dockyard at Chatham into a rifle range for the troops at that garrison has been abandoned, in consequence of the Board of Surveyors ordered to inspect and report on that site having reported that to convert the spot selected into a rifle ground, with the neccessary alterations and improvements, including drainage and the obtaining possession of the land for the required purposes, will be too costly, and it was considered not justified in spending that amount for that purpose. Since the decision of the War Department has been arrived at several other sites have been surveyed in the locality of Chatham garrison by Col. M. Williams, the Comanding Royal Engineer, who has selected a tract of ground between the Thames and Medway, and not far from Gravesend. This spot presents the advantage of being exceedingly retired, its situation near the banks of the Thames rendering it little frequented by the public, thus preventing any interuptions to the troops while engaged in firing. Should a favourable report  be made as to the locality, the erection of the neccessary buildings for the troops will be immediatly commenced, and the land levelled and put in order by several gangs of convicts from the establishment at Chatham. The huts for the troops will be erected as near as Gravesend as possible, in order that the officers and soldiers stationed there may have access to that town.

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