Lower Hope, PLA - Tidal Thames Recreational Users Guide 2011

Lower Hope from Lower Hope Point to Coalhouse Point

Lower Hope Point

Right (southeast) bank point on the inside of the turn from Sea Reach into the Lower Hope

Site of Mucking Bight Light

On left (northwest) bank on the bend

1849: First light here.
 
1851: Permanent structure built.
 
1885: Dickens's Dictionary of the Thames -

Mucking Flat Lighthouse, Sea Reach:-
Built of iron upon a hollow pile foundation. A temporary light was first exhibited from this position in October 1849, and the present structure was built in 1851.

It is painted black and white in alternate horizontal bands, and is connected with the shore by a long footbridge, also built on piles and coloured white. The height of the light tower from base to vane is 66 feet, and its central lamp burns at 40 feet above high water.

The lamp is under occultation once in every half minute, and the apparatus used is lenticular, giving forth a white beam with red sectors.

A fog bell is sounded during foggy weather.

There are two keepers employed in tending the station, who, having their dwellings at hand, with coals, light, and furniture provided for them, and living with their families, have a much more comfortable billet than their neighbours at Chapman lower down.

 

Old Mucking Bight Lighthouse
Old Mucking Bight Lighthouse

Mucking Bight Lighthouse © Mike Millichamp, [adapted] -

Lower Hope Reach is the end of Sea Reach and the limit for sea going tankers. Mucking Bight or Flats is a mud bank which starts at Shellhaven and extends up river to Coalhouse Fort.

At 33 miles from London Bridge Mucking Bight lighthouse was built here on piles in 1851, maintained by two keepers and connected to the shore by a long footbridge. It was painted in black and white bands and in 1881 it was raised to 70 feet high and painted red. The 1953 floods and a collision with a barge in 1954 led to its removal ...

Stanford-le-Hope

On left (northwest) bank on the bend, about 1 km inland

Mucking Flats

Left (northwest) bank opposite Lower Hope point

Mucking Marshes

Left (northwest) bank behind Mucking Flats

Redham Mead

Right (southeast) bank upstream of Lower Hope Point

Cliffe Creek

Right (southeast) bank just downstream of Cliffe Fort.

Cliffe Fort

Right (southeast) bank, opposite Coalhouse Fort and just downstream of Coalhouse Point


Cliffe Fort

Old OS Maps showed neither Cliffe Fort nor Coalhouse Fort. These were militarily sensitive places.
Cliffe Fort website -

Cliffe Fort, near the village of Cliffe on the Hoo peninsula in Kent, was built in the mid-nineteenth century as a defence against the invasion of London via the Thames estuary.

The fort is derelict and not open to the public, although you can walk around outside the walls. Since 1999, it has been owned by Robert Brett & Sons Ltd, whose aggregates works adjoin it. It is still impressive, and notable as the site of an early guided weapon system: the Brennan torpedo.

The Irish-Australian Louis Brennan invented the guided torpedo which was the "state of the art" coastal defence weapon from 1887 to 1903. The torpedo had two propellers, rotated by wires which were attached to winding engines on the shore station and which played out after the torpedo was fired. By varying the speed at which the two wires were extracted, the torpedo could be steered to the left or right by an operator on the shore.

Cliffe Fort pdf report

Coalhouse Fort

Left (northwest) bank, opposite Cliffe Fort and just downstream of Coalhouse Point
Coalhouse Fort website

Coalhouse Fort
Coalhouse Fort

[ I've read enough Hornblower to know you always attack such a fort from the rear. This apparently always took foreign gunners by surprise. It looks as though someone belatedly noticed that and added some rear defences! ]

 
 
 
 
 
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