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Offline AlanH

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Re: Fort Clarence
« Reply #144 on: March 07, 2017, 08:32:56 »
It appears I'm wrong about what others have called Medway Tower. I assumed they were talking about the still existing building on Borstal Road.
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Re: Fort Clarence
« Reply #143 on: March 06, 2017, 23:48:11 »
It's on the 1938 OS but not on a photo dated 1946. I assumed it was demolished some time during the war, but was not sure when during the war. Your information indicates it was earlier rather than later.

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Re: Fort Clarence
« Reply #142 on: March 06, 2017, 22:37:57 »
I don't know when Medway Tower was demolished, but this photo is dated 1920's.

Medway Tower was demolished at some point between 1936, it appears in the background of a photo of Short S23 Empire Flying Boat 'Canopus' which can be dated to that year, and 1939, by which time the Shorts factory had expanded.
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Re: Fort Clarence
« Reply #141 on: March 06, 2017, 08:21:22 »
No I'm not confusing it with anything. That whole area was a playground for myself and others. The old part opposite the grammar school (long gone by the looks of it) and Longley Road was also right next to the home of a friend of mine, an Anglo Indian boy whose dad was in the army. They had quarters up from Maidstone Road behind that old part.
The pathway I'm referring to was to the left of the bit (Medway Tower?) now turned into apartments, up on Borstal Road. We used that path constantly especially later in life as an apprentice at BK if I used the bus (rarely) to/or from Cookham Wood.   
There seems to be far more allotments on what were playing fields and the TA training place where I also went to a shooting club..... all moons ago but the memory of that area is still sharp.
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Re: Fort Clarence
« Reply #140 on: March 06, 2017, 03:08:41 »
AlanH,

I looks like you may be referring to reply #130 regarding new brickwork?

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Re: Fort Clarence
« Reply #139 on: March 05, 2017, 16:04:28 »
AlanH,
I think you might be confusing this with the guard house on Maidstone Road. Medway Tower was situated on the riverside at the far western end.

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Re: Fort Clarence
« Reply #138 on: March 05, 2017, 09:08:11 »
I'm sure that new brickwork is on the pathway which lead up Ethelbert Road past the fort and out to Borstal Road. Looks like it covered a staircase... which didn't bother us as boys as we just climbed up the bricks and followed it around to look down over the road and further round to the playing fields and a training area.
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Re: Fort Clarence
« Reply #137 on: March 04, 2017, 15:52:40 »
I don't know when Medway Tower was demolished, but this photo is dated 1920's.

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Re: Fort Clarence
« Reply #136 on: June 01, 2016, 23:15:20 »
Close ups of a plan posted earlier in the thread.










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Re: Fort Clarence
« Reply #135 on: February 09, 2016, 14:39:15 »
Chatham News - Saturday 31 December 1870

Fort Clarence:- The work going on at Fort Clarence for improving the roadway will make a great improvement at a very awkward bend of the road. A new footway under the arches of the fort is being made, and an arch is being thrown over the ditch to carry the new road. The work is being carried out by Messrs. Foord and Sons.

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« Reply #134 on: February 09, 2016, 14:30:10 »
War Department Contract.
Notice to builders.

Tenders are required for the following services, Near Fort Clarence, Rochester:-

Altering the archway and roadway, and constructing a new bridge.

Royal Engineer Office,
Chatham, 23rd August, 1870.

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Re: Fort Clarence
« Reply #133 on: September 29, 2015, 11:25:39 »
Some photo's and plans of Fort Clarence and the old military prison:

http://historicengland.org.uk/images-books/archive/archive-collections/englands-places/gallery/6391

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Re: Fort Clarence
« Reply #132 on: August 14, 2014, 10:37:11 »
Nice photos cliveh!I Expect the answer is in this long thread somewhere but what is behind the newer brickwork in the arch and porch-like structure. I take it they're in a ditch. I can just about recall the area in the 1960s and it was very overgrown.

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Re: Fort Clarence
« Reply #131 on: August 14, 2014, 10:04:07 »
Some shots from a few months ago:

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Re: Fort Clarence
« Reply #130 on: March 28, 2014, 14:06:54 »
Aerial view from 1946:

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