Results 1 to 4 of 4

Thread: Detached Bastion, Kent - August 2014

  1. #1
    Join Date
    January 2013
    Location
    Kent/West Pomerania, Poland
    Posts
    867
    Thanked
    1784

    Default Detached Bastion, Kent - August 2014


    Visited with Prickly_buzz & darkhole.

    Built in the mid 1800s as an addition to the Western Heights workings, it was designed as a sacrificial defence, which would explain all the loopholes on the inside of the fort. Notably a worker died in 1860 when a large amount of earth fell on him, whilst he was digging. It saw use up until the end of the century before falling into disrepair. It was used briefly during WWII, but after that took an ever greater decline. I'm pretty sure it's been vandalised and graffed up since long before most of us were Urbexing or in some cases even born.

    I visited this place last Summer and nothing's changed, although it's perhaps slightly more overgrown on the top than I remembered. We cut the explore short in the end as we had to skedaddle and get to another site before we ran out of time. Some angry cockney rambling from somewhere hurried us along a bit also.

    It's an odd place to photograph with very basic equipment, as the light is a bit funny.
    DSC01918 by slimjim_90, on Flickr

    We were greeted by this nice, old, wobbly drawbridge. The counterweights that would have operated it are located in the recesses on the floor either side of it.
    DSC01923II by slimjim_90, on Flickr

    Stairs leading to the top of the fort.
    DSC01925 by slimjim_90, on Flickr

    The top is best described as an overgrown mess! The blackberries were very sweet though...
    DSC01935 by slimjim_90, on Flickr



    Building on the top.
    DSC01932II by slimjim_90, on Flickr

    Inside of the walls.
    DSC01945 by slimjim_90, on Flickr

    Blocked off staircase.
    DSC01951 by slimjim_90, on Flickr

    Another passageway.
    DSC01953 by slimjim_90, on Flickr

    An open area with some dodgy looking slate floors on the upper parts.
    DSC01958 by slimjim_90, on Flickr

    It's very unfortunate that it's so wrecked and that the locals have had their ignorant fun with the place. I'd really like to see this one refurbished a bit or used for something, as it's a fantastic space to be in. I get the feeling that unlike the other fortifications in the area, this one is treated with some degree of indifference.

    Big ups to Prickly_buzz and darkhole for accompanying me on this explore!

    Thanks for looking,

    SJ.
    Guntish Gent

    Pics 'n' Ting


  2. Thanks given by: ducatidevil1, flyboys90, HughieD, krela, Mikeymutt, oldscrote, Paulytwotanks, Sshhhh..., Tarron, tigertiger, zender126
  3.  
     
  4. #2
    Join Date
    February 2008
    Location
    sussex
    Age
    40
    Posts
    98
    Thanked
    173

    Default


    Nice one:) I really like the Western Heights, there always seems to be something new to see with each visit!
    Good to see its still accssible, there was a period a couple of years ago when it was locked up

  5. Thanks given by: SlimJim
  6. #3
    Join Date
    November 2011
    Location
    Greater Manchester
    Posts
    989
    Thanked
    1100

    Default


    Interesting looking place! Thanks :)
    He who binds to himself a joy. Does the winged life destroy.
    But he who kisses the joy as it flies. Lives in eternity's sunrise.

    My Flickr

  7. Thanks given by: SlimJim
  8. #4
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    The Centre of England or near enough
    Posts
    7,219
    Thanked
    4648

    Default


    Great photos of a really interesting site,thanks for sharing.

  9. Thanks given by: SlimJim

Similar Threads

  1. RM Farm, Kent. August 2013
    By sc0ttie in forum Rural Sites
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 12th Aug 13, 09:32
  2. Detached Bastion - Dover - Nov 2011
    By nelly in forum Military Sites
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 9th Dec 11, 11:27
  3. Detached Bastion Dover - Jan 2011
    By Ramsgatonian in forum Military Sites
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 23rd Jan 11, 10:31
  4. Detached Bastion Dover June 09
    By Newage in forum Military Sites
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 22nd Jul 09, 03:51
  5. Dover-Detached bastion,napoleonic caves-April 08
    By tucker in forum Underground Sites
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 24th Apr 08, 15:11

About us
DerelictPlaces is a forum for people with an interest in the history and documentation of disused, derelict and abandoned buildings to come together and share their experiences, photography and historical findings. Our military, industrial and historical heritage is fast disappearing under the pressure of regeneration, the need for new housing, and often through simple neglect; Our aim is to document these places before they disappear entirely.
Follow us