Grain Tower

Sheerness, UK
Posted on June 21, 2022 / 5
Listing Type : Coastal Battery
Location : England

Grain Tower was built between 1847 and 1855 in the Medway Channel to help protect the approaches to Chatham Dockyard.  The tower was armed with three guns, two 32-pdr and a single 56-pdr.  In 1884 these were all upgraded to 68-pdr SB guns.

From 1892 the whole tower was used as a Submarine Mining Station with two observation cells on the roof and the test room in what had been the barracks.

In 1912 two 4.7-inch Q.F. gun were mounted on the tower to defend the  Boom defences and minefield.

During World War a Twin 6-pdr QF gun was mounted on the tower with extensive additions been made including a control tower and barrack block.


TNA WO 192/49

The video shows a visit to Grain Tower as it now stands.

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