In 1975 I was 13. It was the Seventies, and TV was full of apocalyptic Sci-Fi drama. Planet of the Apes took us to derelict American city streets every other week, the Survivors were picking through the ruins of post-plague Britain, Doctor Who
seemed to spend most of his time scrambling
through quarries, and I'd finally upgraded my Chopper bicycle
to a 10-speed racer. I'd also
commandeered the family camera and was discovering that Essex was rich
with industrial wastelands ripe for exploration.
It's now 2010 and I've
decided it's time I scanned in some of those old photos of long-gone
factories and forts. The camera was a poor point-and-click 126,
and the pictures weren't great even then, but they're still a
fascinating portrait of the places I visited in Essex and Kent before
the developers moved in.
These photographs are copyright Dave Brown. Do not use them without asking permission or assigning credit.
Shornemead Fort (Updated with Panoramic Views!)
Cliffe Fort (Updated with Panoramic Views!)