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Re: Curtis & Harvey's Explosives Factory, Cliffe.
« Reply #6 on: August 18, 2008, 19:08:33 »
Part Deux.














Canvey in the baground.





This was in one of the rooms. How and why did someone carry it all the way up there to dump it  :)?!








One of the old jetties that I believe were associated with the factory.


Old WW2 boom. I could have had a closer look but the ground looked abit soft underfoot so I didnt risk it  :).



EDIT: Sorry forgot to resize my pics when I uploaded them. Let me know if they need to be smaller Kyn...

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Re: Curtis & Harvey's Explosives Factory, Cliffe.
« Reply #5 on: August 12, 2008, 18:58:31 »
Decoy fleet is further to the west....  ???

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Re: Curtis & Harvey's Explosives Factory, Cliffe.
« Reply #4 on: August 12, 2008, 18:57:19 »
each of those buildings are surrounded by a mound.  They look similar to magazines!  Another gunpowder factory ???

That second one looks interesting!

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Re: Curtis & Harvey's Explosives Factory, Cliffe.
« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2008, 07:43:39 »
While your there take a look at these:

http://maps.live.com/default.aspx?v=2&FORM=LMLTCP&cp=51.475847~0.462995&style=h&lvl=18&tilt=-90&dir=0&alt=-1000&scene=24341639&phx=0&phy=0&phscl=1&encType=1

It's the remains of one of the Booms across the river!  REminds me of the similar thing at Warden although they arn't the same!

If your very lucky i will do a bit of writing about these eventually with a list of the sites  ;D

Theres supossedly more remains of a boom up at St Marys Bay along by Allhallows. Im wondering if the 7 buildings you can see on the aerial maps are anything to do with it?
http://maps.live.com/default.aspx?v=2&FORM=LMLTCP&cp=51.481055~0.590333&style=h&lvl=17&tilt=-90&dir=0&alt=-1000&scene=24341639&phx=0&phy=0&phscl=1&encType=1

This is a ww2 communications place too, used to be a couple of masts next to it... http://maps.live.com/default.aspx?v=2&FORM=LMLTCP&cp=51.461999~0.551494&style=h&lvl=18&tilt=-90&dir=0&am
p;alt=-1000&scene=24343569&phx=0&phy=0&phscl=1&encType=1

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Re: Curtis & Harvey's Explosives Factory, Cliffe.
« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2008, 00:15:17 »
While your there take a look at these:

http://maps.live.com/default.aspx?v=2&FORM=LMLTCP&cp=51.475847~0.462995&style=h&lvl=18&tilt=-90&dir=0&alt=-1000&scene=24341639&phx=0&phy=0&phscl=1&encType=1

It's the remains of one of the Booms across the river!  REminds me of the similar thing at Warden although they arn't the same!

If your very lucky i will do a bit of writing about these eventually with a list of the sites  ;D

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Curtis & Harvey's Explosives Factory, Cliffe.
« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2008, 19:13:31 »
Been meaning to take my mountain bike up there for ages as its just round from Cliffe Fort. I didnt. I walked and got soaked instead. ::)
Its difficult to get to cos its surrounded by a maze of ditches, sheep, horses and fences. Its also a fair trek from a decent road. My car didnt like the track you can drive down through the RSPB reserve so I turned round, parked up and walked the 20 miles or so it seemed. In the end I didnt manage to get to the larger buildings that you can see on google earth but think Ive sussed out a route for next time!

There's not much about the place on the interweb but below is an extract from an archaeological report for the area that can be found here: http://www.britarch.ac.uk/conserve/airports/CLIFFE%20AIRPORT%20text.pdf
It says:
Curtis's and Harvey's Explosives Factory (NMR 15033/46, WA 317) has been
identified as important in English Heritage's study on the history of gunpowder
and military explosives manufacturing. It is located at the western end of the
Study Area on River Thames frontage. Curtis's and Harvey absorbed several
gunpowder manufacturers in the 1890s and then founded a purpose-built
explosives factory on the Cliffe Marshes. The facility is 'nearly one mile (1.6 km)
in length, with two jetties and a loading bay' (Cocroft 2000:143). At present the
remains of the factory survive relatively intact.


Heres a link to an aerial photo borrowed from http://homepage.ntlworld.com/alan-turnbull/pilots-eye.htm

Here's some pics I took, ignore the rain on the lens. :P

First bit I came to, any ideas?


This tap type thing was down the square hole to the left.


More holes and pipes.


?


In the distance, about 100m and more than likely 3 uncrossable ditches.


Weird cubes.



Close-up.


Inside them:


The black tiles its sitting on are everywhere!


Fence posts?


No, lots of these!


Old house?





Anyone care to guess what this is?




These are scattered around too surrounded by individual earth bunds about 4ft high with a couple of steel rods poking out each end. Any ideas?


On my way to the bigger buildings, I spot this old place:




Then these, look like they were some kinda conveyor system:


This is where I got stuck, rained on HARD so I went home. Heres some pics of the bits Im gonna go back and do when its not raining: ;D






 

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