and now for something completely different. Came home Tuesday and now on another tour, this time a fort built in the 1860's to defend Allhallows from invasion before and during the world wars. Tucked away in a holiday camp this jewel is now being uncovered and slowly reinstated to show it's history.
The gates into the secure site.
Brief history of the gun emplacement to protest us from invasion.
Our guide explaining in great detail all the aspects of the fort.
Main entrance showing the rear fortifications which housed soldiers in the event of an attack from the rear. The wall is Kentish Ragstone.
Inside the seven casemates which are now blocked off, originally accommodated guns that were positioned pointing out to sea. It is generally thought that the guns were pushes out of the openings and could be buried below and will be excavated at a later date.
From above you can clearly sea Southend across the estuary. thus giving the fort a strategic point on the river.
Looking down into the casemates, to the right was the cook house and stores and giving rear protection as mentioned earlier.
Stairs on both side leading to the batteries above.
On to the other more modern rampart to the right was this massive gun with a range of nine miles.
Remains of the gun emplacement showing its gun holding studs.
Area just uncovered and drained to the right of the fort.
This was an opening originally covered with thick glass to house oil lamps for lighting with a door to the side as there was a risk of explosion,
The four pictures above are of the newly excavated magazine and ammunition store. Last picture you can just read the word magazine painted on the wall.
Back in the reception is a history of the fort and some artifacts recovered.
Thanks for looking, Mike and Sue.