Monthly Archives: August 2014

Return to Grain Tower Part IV – The Accommodation Block

The three/four storey accommodation block was added to Grain Tower in World War Two.  It is about as different from the original structure as you can get, for it is rectangular and not round. It stands on concrete stilts which … Continue reading

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Return to Grain Tower Part III – The Guns and Observation Tower

During World War Two a four-storey observation tower was built on the original 1855 tower.  The two quick-firing guns on the original roof were replaced with six-pounders.  There is more than one way to get up to this roof, but … Continue reading

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Return to Grain Tower Part II – Inside the Original Tower

They don’t make Towers like this one any more.  Although it was built in 1855, some parts of it feel almost medieval. The main entrance is at first floor level, through a simple doorway.  See the steps to the side?  … Continue reading

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Return to Grain Tower Part I – The Approach

Ever since we first visited Grain Tower two years ago I had yearned to return.  A strange round tower built a third of a mile out at sea.  Only accessible at low tide.  Old, unusual, derelict, ladders required and a … Continue reading

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The Coastal Path Gets Published Again!

Every now and again I get requests from people or companies who want to use my photos for one project or another.  I am chuffed to bits when this happens.  I enjoy photography, but I am little more than a … Continue reading

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71i – Southbourne to Boscombe

The cliffs between Southbourne and Boscombe are not that high (about 95 feet according to my GPS).  All the same, they draw numberous paragliders who manage to get airborne from here and float up and down the coast.  Because they … Continue reading

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71h – Southbourne

Southbourne marks the eastern boundary of a piece of promenade that stretches about 10 miles west in a large curve, all the way to Poole Harbour.  The entire stretch is home to numerous small terraces of beach huts. Beach huts.  … Continue reading

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