life through the lens
Some odds 'n' ends from south east England, all places within easy reach from London - 2017.
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The Grain Tower, aka No 1 The Thames, is a 19th century gun tower at the mouth of the River Medway near Grain in Kent, south east England - Grain
It's on the market as a 5-bed house. Bring your own boat at high tide. No really! Grain
It was originally built to protect the Medway ports from French invasion in the 1850s. The top tower was added during the Second World War - Grain
The nearest city to Grain is Rochester, on the banks of the River Medway
It's a historic town with links to Charles Dickens. And it has its very own castle, built in the 11th century following the Norman conquest in 1066 - Rochester
A window on Rochester Cathedral from the top of the castle keep - Rochester
There's more vistas on the opposite side, overlooking the River Medway and the rather ramshackle town of Strood - Rochester
Rye and 'quaint' tend to go hand-in-hand when describing this historic town, only 75mins by train from London
Mermaid Street in particular is full of wood-timber framed buildings from the 15th century. And this one, The Mermaid Inn, is one where you can drink, dine and sleep in - Rye
Their website promises creaky floorboards and possibly a ghost or two - Rye
Mermaid Street has several quirky addresses - Rye
It's a cute town but the centre is very small, so while away the hours in pubs, tea rooms and bric-a-brac shops - Rye
A cannon stands outside Ypres Tower, a 13th century fort pointing towards the English Channel - Rye
Nestled beneath the castle is the Ypres Castle Inn - Rye
Ramsgate is one of several beach resorts at the end of Whitstable - Margate - Broadstairs coastline
The yacht marina is lined with stalls selling fishing trips & equipment alongside cafes and ice-cream parlours - Ramsgate
But I wanted to see the interesting War Tunnels, an extension of a disused Railway Tunnel protecting residents during World War II. Ramsgate was on the south coast's frontline, so the deep tunnels provided shelter for up to 60,000 people; at one point over 300 families were living permanently in the underground city, where electricity, bunk beds, toilets and ventilation had been set up.
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