Tag Archives: Isle of Grain

Return to Grain Tower Part VI – A Last Look Back

As we left Grain Tower I took one last look back. I would like to come back here some day, go to the tower and wait for the tide to come in.  I think that to stay there, totally cut … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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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16 – Grain to Grain

Grain lies at the far eastern end of the Hoo Peninsula.  Although the Isle of Grain was once a true island, it has long since silted up and now forms part of the mainland.  We had arrived at Grain at the … Continue reading

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