Exploring Kent's Past

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Monument details

HER Number:TQ 67 SE 1202
Type of record:Building
Name:New Tavern Fort magazines Second World War air raid shelter, Milton Place, Gravesend, Kent

Summary

Second World War use by the Royal Navy of the magazines of New Tavern Fort, Milton Place, Gravesend. This may have incorporated both the larger 1872 brick tunnels and the separate 1904 magazines. They were requisitioned by the Admiralty in 1941 and designated as sleeping shelters for the personnel of HMS Gordon, a shore establishment utilising the adjacent (and no longer existing) Sea School and in 1975 many bunk beds of a naval type were discovered in one of the tunnels. Shelter use would have been discontinued by 1945. The tunnels are accessible as part of the New Tavern Fort heritage site.


Grid Reference:TQ 6530 7429
Map Sheet:TQ67SE
Parish:GRAVESEND, GRAVESHAM, KENT

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Second World War use by the Royal Navy of the magazines of New Tavern Fort, Milton Place, Gravesend. This may have incorporated bot the larger 1872 brick tunnels and the separate 1904 magazines. They were requisitioned by the Admiralty in 1941 and designated as sleeping quarters for the personnel of HMS Gordon, a shore establishment utilising the adjacent (and no longer existing) Sea School and in 1975 many bunk beds of a naval type were discovered in one of the tunnels. Shelter use would have been discontinued by 1945. The tunnels are accessible as part of the New Tavern Fort heritage site.
Owner : Public
Publicly accessible : Yes
How accessed for survey : The tunnels are open during the normal opening hours of the magazines of New Tavern Fort.
Tourism Potential : Existing tourism site
Condition : good
Date of visit : 18/02/07


Gravesend Council, 15/01/41, Minutes of Finance and General Purposes Committee (Bibliographic reference). SKE14040.


Gravesend Council, 15/01/41, Minutes of Finance and General Purposes Committee (Bibliographic reference). Ske14040.

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---Bibliographic reference: Gravesend Council. 15/01/41. Minutes of Finance and General Purposes Committee.
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