FORT AMHERST, KENT
With traces of Neolithic chalk farms dating as back as far as 2000BC, Saxon burial grounds, Roman Mosaics and tales of miners falling to their deaths. Fort Amherst has some the richest history in Kent. Originally built by Cornish and Welsh miners (of which many fell to their death) in 1756 The Fort sits above The River Medway forming part of the famous Chatham Lines constructed to defend the area and notably The Royal Docks of Chatham during The Napoleonic Wars. Construction started underground using a number of old chalk mines creating a labyrinth of tunnels creating a formidable defence against invasion by both sea and land, although it was never put to the test. During Victorian times The Fort was seen as obsolete and turned into a Naval training ground. The session turned into a tourism attraction with thousands lining the river to watch The Navy on show. Hence one of these shows was later described in Charles Dickens novel “The Pickwick Papers.”
Entering more modern times, Fort Amherst was used as Civil Defence Unit during World War 2 then remained unused until the late 70’s when a group of enthusiasts approached The MoD with the interest of restoring the place to its former glory. Over the past 30 years these hardworking and dedicated volunteers have brought The Fort back to previous splendour.
Now the public can travel 20metres below ground to gain access to over half a mile of tunnels, caves and underground rooms filled with over 250 years of history in an area dating back over 3000 years.
Join GHOSTkent as we investigate reports of:
- Apparitions of men and children wandering around the tunnels.
- Actual physical contact has been reported by visitors and staff in certain areas of The Fort.
- Voices and screams have been heard echoing through the tunnels when no-one is there. Could this be the screams of the miners that reportedly died during the construction?
- Poltergeist activity increasing the further you go into the tunnels.
- A feeling of unease around nearly every corner.
THIS PHOTOGRAPH WAS TAKEN DURING THE DAY IN THE KITCHEN/GREAT HALL AREA. CAN YOU SEE ANYTHING ON THE ZOOMED IN AREA?
PHOTOGRAPH THANKS TO YVETTE WATSON - GHOSTkent