Return to Grain Tower Part V – The Chain

In 1914 it was decided to erect a massive floating boom across the mouth of the River Medway.  The intention was to keep enemy ships out of the river and all that it held (including the important Chatham dockyard).  This boom ran from the Isle of Grain to the Isle of Sheppey, and Grain Tower formed the anchoring point on the Grain side.  The boom itself is long gone, but the massive chains which anchored it to Grain Tower are still wrapped round tower’s base.

Back of Grain TowerThe links of these enormous chains, each of which is a good foot or so long, are weathered by time and tide.

Chains Close UpThe orange of the weeping rust fights with the green of the algae as the links slowly waste away.


We left them to fight it out; it was time to get back to shore.

Points on this walk (copy and paste the co-ordinates into Google Earth):

  • Grain Beach Car Park:  N 51° 27.582 E 000° 43.046
  • Grain Tower:  N 51° 27.089 E 000° 43.869

Walk Statistics:

  • Date of Walk: 17 May 2014
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5 Responses to Return to Grain Tower Part V – The Chain

  1. Great textures in those chains!

    • Wingclipped says:

      Yes, those chains were fantastic. A good photographer could really make something of them I think. As for me, I was rushing around, racing the incoming tide, pointing and clicking. And in the second picture, where the colours really came out, I was photographing into the sun which didn’t help. In retrospect I should have taken my time…

  2. Jill says:

    Wait! What about the cache?

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