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FORT AMHERST GHOST HUNTS 

Kent Ghost Hunts 

The network of tunnels at Fort Amherst in Kent is an intense location on many levels. The Paranormal Eye team have encountered some terrifying activity here and have had guests screaming and running for the doors. Your ghost hunt here at these pitch black tunnels will certainly help you to discover if you have what it takes to be a ghost hunter at this daunting location. The rooms in this location are very strange and foreboding, when you are in them you always feel as if you are not alone, are you ready to start your ghost hunt with the Paranormal Eye Team at Fort Amherst. 

History of Fort Amherst 

Fort Amherst in Chatham, Kent was built to protect Chatham Dockyard after the invasion by the Dutch in 1667 which raided the River Medway and attacked Chatham's Royal Dockyard.

In 1708 plans were beginning to be drawn up to construct a fortification to protect the Royal Dockyard from a land based attack.

In 1714 land was bought for the construction of the fortifications but work did not start until 1755.

Part of the site chosen included a chalk pit with a number of caves. These caves were extended between 1776 and 1805 to provide an underground labyrinth of tunnels, protected underground gun positions and protection in the event of a siege. The tunnels contain many interesting and important features including a well, privies, loop holed defences, cannon positions and defendable gateways.

To ensure the protection of the Dockyard, three defendable gateways were constructed to control and defend access into the area protected by the Chatham Lines.

In 1820 the defences were declared obsolete due to better artillery equipment with a greater firing range. The whole of the fortifications were used as a training ground during the Victorian period, the practice sieges were so popular that thousands of people came to Chatham to watch them.

During WWII the tunnels were utilised by the Anti-Invasion Planning Unit and Civil Defence, who used a section as their headquarters. This is where Civil Defence was co-ordinated for the North Kent area in the event of bombing as well as support and assistance to the general public after such an incident. A section of the tunnels has been reconstructed into the Civil Defence HQ as it was in 1939.

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