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Upnor Castle

 

Built on the west bank of the River Medway to protect shipping on the river and the approaches to Chatham Dockyard. The castle is a rare example of an Elizabethan artillery fort, work was begun in 1559 and redeveloped between 1599-1601, to protect warships moored at Chatham dockyards. Despite a brave attempt, it entirely failed to do so in 1667, when the Dutch sailed past it to burn or capture the English fleet at anchor.

 

During the English Civil War the fort was used as a prison by the Parliamentarians. In 1668 it was converted to a gun powder store. It continued in service with the war office and the Admiralty until 1945. It is now managed by English Heritage.

 

Upnor

 

 

 

Upnor Castle

 

Built on the west bank of the River Medway to protect shipping on the river and the approaches to Chatham Dockyard. The castle is a rare example of an Elizabethan artillery fort, work was begun in 1559 and redeveloped between 1599-1601, to protect warships moored at Chatham dockyards. Despite a brave attempt, it entirely failed to do so in 1667, when the Dutch sailed past it to burn or capture the English fleet at anchor.

 

During the English Civil War the fort was used as a prison by the Parliamentarians. In 1668 it was converted to a gun powder store. It continued in service with the war office and the Admiralty until 1945. It is now managed by English Heritage.

 

Upnor

 

 

 

comments (3)

These are wonderful pictures. They are interesting, and the color is great.
Les Auld: Thanks you Frances, appreciate the comment.
This is a new one on me Les. I guess the barrels are suppose to represent gunpowder stocks.
Les Auld: They are so Brian, thanks for the comment.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdomtoo.
  • 6 Aug 2011, 23:21
The barrels look like rum kegs to me :-; I've been to the Historic Dockyard at Chatham but never been to Upnor Castle.
Les Auld: Powder or Rum, not too much difference Alan. It is just across the river from Chatham and you can see it from the dockyard. Thanks for the comment.

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