The southern approaches to Chatham and its dockyard were protected by five forts built between 1860 and 1900 to strengthen the 18th century fortications around the perimenter of the dockyard.
Forts Horsted, Luton and Borstal are still standing, Forts Bridgewood and Darland have been demolished. They were all built to a similar five sided, low level design and surrounded by a deep dry ditch but differed in size with Fort Horsted the largest. Access into the forts was through a single, well protected, gateway.
|Fort Bridgewood||The site was in use by the army until 1970 but was then demolished in 1975.||1890|
|Fort Luton||Overlooking the Luton Valley, it was in use by the army until 1961 and recently as a model museum. On Magpie Hall Road, off the A230. Opening status unknown.||1876 - 1892|
|Fort Borstal||Built on high ground overlooking the western approach to Chatham. Derelict and in poor condition from the outside. On the west side of Borstal. next to the prison, overlooking the M2. Private.||1875 - 1985|
|Fort Horsted||The approaches are very overgrown. Building work in progress (2003). At the junction of the A230/229. Private.||1870 - 1900|
|Fort Darland||Demolished.||1870 - 1900|
|Off M2, J3, at Gillingham|
Fort Luton - Magpie Hall Road, Chatham, Kent ME4 5XJ|
Fort Horsted - Primrose Close, Chatham ME4 6HZ
Fort Borstal - Fort Road, Rochester, Medway ME1 3NT
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