Hoo Fort

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Hoo Fort
Medway, Kent, England
Hoo Fort.jpg
A disused fort in the River Medway
Hoo Fort is located in Kent
Hoo Fort
Hoo Fort
Coordinates 51°24′12″N 00°34′53″E / 51.40333°N 0.58139°E / 51.40333; 0.58139Coordinates: 51°24′12″N 00°34′53″E / 51.40333°N 0.58139°E / 51.40333; 0.58139
Site information
Owner Medway Ports
Condition Intact
Site history
Built 19th century
Built by Captain Siborne, R.E.,[1]
Materials Concrete skirts and brickwork

Never used

Official name Hoo Fort
Designated 1 November 1963
Reference no. 1019643

Hoo Fort, like Fort Darnet, was built on the recommendations of the 1859 Royal Commission on an island covering Pinup Reach, the inner navigable channel of the River Medway, in Medway.


Hoo Fort with Hoo St Werburgh behind

Originally designed for two tiers of guns mounted in a circle, with a boom strung between Hoo Fort and Fort Darnet, there were many problems with subsidence, and after extensive cost overruns the forts were completed in 1871 with a single tier of eleven 9-inch rifled muzzle-loading guns, and no boom.[2] Each gun was mounted in an individual casemate with heavily armoured firing port.[1]

The forts were disarmed before the First World War. In the Second World War, the fort was used as observation posts, with platforms and pillboxes built on top. The fort is still in fair condition. It is a Scheduled Monument[3] and is owned by Medway Ports.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Site Name: Hoo Fort". subbrit.org.uk. Retrieved 19 January 2017. 
  2. ^ "Exploring Kent's past - Hoo Fort". Kent County Council. Retrieved 5 April 2018. 
  3. ^ "Hoo Fort". Historic England. Retrieved 5 April 2018. 

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