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Slough Fort, Allhallows

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Historic Site · Military Facility
Slough Fort is a small artillery fort that was built at Allhallows-on-Sea in the north of the Hoo Peninsula in Kent. Constructed in 1867, the D-shaped fort was intended to guard a vulnerable stretch of the River Thames against possible enemy landings during a period of tension with France. Its seven casemates initially accommodated rifled breech loading guns, which were replaced by the turn of the century by more powerful breech-loaders on disappearing carriages, mounted in concrete wing batteries on either side of the fort. It was likely one of the smallest of the forts constructed as a result of the 1860s invasion scare.
All of the guns were removed by 1912, though the fort continued in use during the First World War as a command post. It was decommissioned in 1920 and sold off in 1929. Since the 1960s, it has been used as a stables adjoining a holiday camp. The camp's owners funded a partial restoration in 2012–13 that uncovered previously buried features of the fort.
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  • It's absolutely brilliant what all the volunteers are doing. They deserve all the support they can get. The tour was fun and interesting. On the tour there were people of all ages, even...  more »
  • Very interesting and informative. Brilliant excavation by hard working volunteers. Work still in progress. A must visit for all.  more »
  • Turned up on a whim and was greeted in a very friendly manner. Was invited to join in halfway through a guided tour which was excellent. There's plenty of restoration work going on here undertaken by good people. I was impressed by the passionate approach of those involved, well done. Well worth a visit.
  • Fantastic afternoon out, plenty of knowledge from the tour guide. Would recommend a visit

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