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POPPIES: WAVE - Peter Bolton WALKS: The Shoebury Garrison - A Walk Through...
Wed, 12 Apr 2017, 11:00 – Sun, 25 Jun 2017, 12:30 BST
As a local resident and professional photographer with a keen interest and knowledge of the site Peter Bolton will host a series of walks aimed at photographers/artists and people interested in the history of the Garrison.
Commencing Wednesday 12th April, these walks will take place from 11:00am every Wednesday and Sunday until 25th June.
Please meet by Barge Pier at 10:50am.
Duration: 1 hour 30 mins
The site of The Garrison has been a defensive position at the mouth of the Thames since the Iron Age, but it was the development of weaponry for the Crimean War in l854 that led to Shoeburyness becoming an arms testing and experimental weapons establishment. A school of gunnery was set up in 1859, and the Garrison was central to developing rifled barrels, breach loading, machine guns, and cordite to replace gunpowder.
The Garrison’s military heritage from the time it began in 1849 until its final closure in 1976 is now nationally recognised and protected. Many of its surviving buildings are listed buildings. And much of the area within the pre-historic ramparts, as well as the Cold War Defence Boom and the Mulberry Harbour close by in the estuary are protected as scheduled ancient monuments.
The open areas of the Garrison have attracted both common and rare wildlife and much of the area is listed as a site of special scientific interest (SSSI).
Peter Bolton will be linking the 'walk and talk' with his collection of photographs old and new of the various buildings and artefacts to illustrate life as it was when the military was here for 150 years and as it is now.
The walk will start by the Barge Pier where Poppies: Wave is on show until Sun 25 June. It will then follow the sea wall path eastwards taking in all the ruins and artefacts on site. Peter will describe what the remains are and what their use was through the years. The walk will continue past the Beach House into Mess Road, alongside the remains of the 'Danish Camp' then after a slight detour to see The Boat House, into Chapel Road taking in the Old Hospital, The Gunnery School, The Clock Tower, then into Warrior Sq. Rd. alongside the Cricket Green through to the restored 'Cart & Wagon Shed'. Then the walk continues past the powder magazines back on to the main pathway heading west towards the lake (Bridging pond), then eventually after visiting the lake you head back past the river and settling pond returning to where you started at Barge Pier.