New Tavern Fort

New Tavern Fort, Gravesend: Address, Phone Number, New Tavern Fort Reviews: 4.5/5

New Tavern Fort
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Gravesend79
Gravesend, UK94 contributions
Gravesend best
Aug 2021 • Family
Fantastic way to teach the young about our history kept up well with fantastic views of the Thames a great day out on Gravesend Prom and a lovely cafe their too tops off a lovely day
Written August 5, 2021
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Feizal
Greater London, UK130 contributions
Wartime history
Nov 2019 • Solo
Located in the middle of Gravesend it has an ample car park but I found free parking at the canal basin (limited).
On the river front it is an artillery fort in very good condition. I went very early morning to take exterior photographs but there are tours during the day so I shall go back sometime.
Plenty of decomissioned guns to see. Very interesting place.
Written November 26, 2019
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Frederick W
Gravesend, UK238 contributions
Very interesting place
Oct 2019 • Family
We took our 6 year old grandson during the summer holidays. He really liked the big guns and the history of the site.
Written October 14, 2019
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SaraP88
London15 contributions
Statue of Local Hero General Gordon in Fort Gardens
Sep 2019
There are statues of national hero Gordon all over the country including (on a camel) in Chatham, in Victoria Embankment Gardens in London, Southampton and Aberdeen. The one in Gravesend is full length, showing Gordon in uniform with a sabre, on a pedestal with six steps leading up to it. It stands in the middle of extensive and well-maintained gardens leading to the river front.

General Charles George Gordon was a national hero when he died a grisly death at the hands of the so-called ‘Mad Mahdi’ at the siege of Khartoum in 1885 (see the 1966 Oscar nominated film ‘Khartoum’ with Charlton Heston and Laurence Olivier for more on this), but his statue in Gravesend is particularly apt as he lived there 1865-1871.

The Gordon Memorial Gardens, Gordon's Promenade and the Fort Gardens were all created in Gravesend in his memory and there is still a Gordon’s School in Gravesend to this day. You can cut through the gardens past his statue from Milton Road to get to the Prom and the riverside.

During his six years in Gravesend, Gordon did much to alleviate the suffering of the poor in the area through his generosity, extensive charity and social work.

Aged only 32, he had already acquired a reputation for bravery while fighting in the Crimea and bringing to an end the Civil War in China (which had given him the nickname “Chinese Gordon”), when he was made Commandant of The Thames Forts, based at Fort House. His job was to reconstruct and update the River Thames defences against possible invasion by the French.

Outside of his official duties, he taught at the ‘Gravesend Ragged [free] School’ for poor children, set up schools at Fort House and East Terrace, helped homeless children living on the streets find shelter, education and jobs and founded and partly funded the Gravesend and Milton Mendicant Society, which assisted itinerant workers.

He was also a regular visitor to the workhouse in Trafalgar Road taking food and tobacco to the inmates and to the local infirmary where he visited the sick and dying.

It is estimated that every year, he gave away around 90% of his income of £3,000 (equivalent to £324,000 in 2018) in charity to local elderly people, payments which continued long after his death.
Written October 9, 2019
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CussyUK
Gainsborough, UK44 contributions
Pleasant area for history interested folk
Jul 2019 • Couples
Well done to volunteers who keep this going but like most things in Gravesend it needs more promoting on site. Maybe it's been tried and vandalised, maybe the generations that are interested are dying out. Get along for a look before UK history disappears
Written July 15, 2019
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Gravesend79
Gravesend, UK94 contributions
History for your eyes
Jul 2019
A great trip for the day down the prom and fort gardens lovely history
You can imagine Adolf’s planes trying to get up the Thames to London and the Gravesend defences firing all barrels at them and a great view of the traffic on the Thames some huge liners in the summer too
Written July 5, 2019
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garryburns36
Coesmes, France111 contributions
Back in time
Jun 2019 • Solo
Here is part of the Thames defences from the napoleon is period! Remodelled for the Second World War in a peaceful garden setting.
Often looked at this site from the river,but to visit opened up a new perspective for me!it is said that wrns were stationed here in ww2,I believe this was a communications centre for the Thames forts,to report German bombers heading up the Thames!
Written June 15, 2019
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Tony McSweeney
Herne Bay, UK14 contributions
Day trip
Feb 2019 • Friends
Lovely, well kept gardens. Bandstand for open air events. Great cafe with friendly staff. Ice cream and chips galore
Written June 4, 2019
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penninewalker
kent145 contributions
Interesting to anyone with an inquiring mind
Feb 2019 • Family
The New Tavern Fort, its neighbouring park, and the riverside walks make for an interesting stroll. There is a large car park next to it, cheap and on Sundays, free. The historic middle of Gravesend is nearby, an easy walk. The fort is just there, no guided tours and not a lot of information but a little bit of googling will tell you a lot about what is in fact a truly historic bit of England. You can learn about General Gordon, who lived there, and about the Napoleonic Wars, and our Naval heritage. a couple of hours wandering about followed by a nice lunch in the Three Daws, allegedly Kent's oldest pub, can make for a lovely day. Sorry, if this sounds like an advert .. I'm not on commission, just love the area! If you want to be spoonfed though like a couple of other reviewers, perhaps not so suitable
Written February 12, 2019
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Yr O
1 contribution
not excellent but a good place to go with the kids also free
Dec 2018 • Family
not excellent but a good place to go with the kids also free stuff to interact with but theres no tour guide and you would expect one in a place like this but its ok also there is a town not that far so when u finish u could go get food with the family and i would reccomend going to fort amherst in chatam for a better time
Written December 7, 2018
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