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Cliffe Fort was constructed in the 1860s as part of the River Thames' coastal defence system. The stone and brick fort contained a moat and earthworks on the seaward side. Part of the fort was rebuilt in 1885 as a Brennan Torpedo Station. In the 1890s it was equipped with four 12-pounder quick-firing guns. By December 1902 two 12.5 inch and five 11-inch rifle muzzle loading guns had been mounted. During the First World War the four 12-pounder guns were replaced by a pair of 6-inch breech loading Mk. VII guns, which in turn were replaced with four quick firing guns towards the end of the war. The fort was disarmed sometime after 1927. The fort was used as the base for the Royal Navy Auxiliary Service during Second World War. Partial remains of the battery survive at the fort in poor condition.

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