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    Red face A Night At The Fort - September 2016


    Fort Grain Battery Tower!

    When I first started looking for derelict places to visit moons ago this place would always pop up, along with others in close proximity but it never interested me until I wanted a mini adventure.

    So with working on new things and all the crew available for a few days I asked how they felt about spending a night here in complete silence minus the tide... A quick stop off to collect a disposable BBQ, some drinks and snacks we soon decided to travel at gone 1pm to this place completely unaware of the tide tables.

    We arrived and despite it being night it was still so warm, so off came our trainers and across the sandy pathway we ventured - camera gear, recording equipment and our supplies it was absolutely beautiful to just relax and turn our phones off, and genuinely have a good time without any stress or worries.

    As we made base, we decided to actually walk around it bumping into shrimps and crabs, as the tide began to come in, this escape was certainly needed for all of us and I cannot stress how fun it actually was. To be cut off from everyone was certainly bliss and well needed from all of us, it also gave me chance to show them all how to light paint and use tea lights (it had to be done).

    I know many people have done this and I certainly hope I am not the last, but spending a night at sea in a derelict fort is certainly refreshing.

    History:
    Grain Tower is a mid-19th-century gun tower situated offshore just east of Grain, Kent, standing in the mouth of the River Medway. It was built along the same lines as the Martello towers that were constructed along the British and Irish coastlines in the early 19th century and is the last-built example of a gun tower of this type. It owed its existence to the need to protect the important dockyards at Sheerness and Chatham from a perceived French naval threat during a period of tension in the 1850s.

    Rapid improvements to artillery technology in the mid-19th century meant that the tower was effectively obsolete as soon as it had been completed. A proposal to turn it into a casemated fort was dropped for being too expensive. By the end of the 19th century the tower had gained a new significance as a defence against raids by fast torpedo boats. It was used in both the First and Second World Wars, when its fabric was substantially altered to support new quick-firing guns. It was decommissioned in 1956 and remains derelict today. The tower has been privately owned but it yet again up for sale... OR Camping.

    On with my all night shots, its more of a sleepover holiday report really ;)

    I Can just about see the fort








































    Thanks for looking, shall be delivering something less concrete and more unique soon enough. still loads to share but this was quick and easy! ;)
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    Nice one MB, something a bit different from you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by krela View Post
    Nice one MB, something a bit different from you!
    No point being limited :D, done a few things recently which have all been different, this was more the experience than most but I really enjoyed it so who knows what is next :D
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    Very much liking that set Mockingbird....
    Last edited by HughieD; 12th Sep 16 at 18:54.

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    Looks like fun :-)
    On my last visit here there were people staying overnight fishing. Plus a few local kids crashing around the place

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    Nice shots matey, I love this place, must be sweet at night surrounded by the sound of the water and knowing your on your own island.
    SlimJim and Konrad slept over on there and I was gutted I didn't go with them!

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    Nicely done mate! That is a great place for a sleepover haha! Great pics as alway, really enjoyed that!

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    Them Premier Inns are going downhill
    I liked your use of tea lights, lovely pics, Thanks
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    Awesome report!

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    Very nice. I confess that I'd be a bit worried about spiders though!

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