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Wednesday, June 03, 2009
New Tavern Fort, Gravesend
This fort is one in a line of defences designed to protect the Thames Estuary. Construction began in the late 18th Century, although much of what can be seen today dates from the mid to late 19th Century. At the beginning of the 20th Century, the fort was re-armed with two 6" Breech loading guns, which still remain, along with a number of other guns which have come from other forts.
New Tavern is now a public garden, and the magazines and underground galleries are sometimes opened to the public.
Looking across the fort to the gun positions
One of the 6" Breech loading guns
Rifled Muzzel Loading gun in emplacement
One of the other positions
Gallery linking the magazines
Lighting passage around one of the magazines Shell hoist Shelves for the Tubes & Fuzes for the guns Sign