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Barge Pier

 

PLEASE  NOTE:

There is NO public admittance on to Barge Pier it is privately owned and is in a poor state of repair. Therefore you should not under any circumstances venture on to it.

 

 

Very little is known about The Barge Pier or Barrack Pier as it was also known was built in 1909 to a Length of around 380ft, the pier head is 84ft wide tapering out to a maximum width of 98ft this then reduces over a length of 102ft to a 27ft wide neck of about 278ft in length it was served by a dual 5ft gauge railway.

 

The Pier located within what was until not too long ago the strictly off limits MoD “Old Rages” Shoeburry Barracks site has only been legally accessible for a few short years.

 

 

An interesting rumour about the pier was that it was used to off load the UK’s first Atomic Bomb to the AWE site in June 1952

 

The Old Rages site is dotted with many interesting military emplacements some dating back over 100 years, Along side Barge Pier is the decaying remains of Gogs Berth. Two barges were operated from Gogs Berth these were the “Gog” and “Magog”.

 

One of the jobs for the barges and berth was to carry the 21 ton Woolwich Infant Cannons down the Thames from Woolwich Arsenal for testing at Shoeburyness.

 

 

PLEASE  NOTE:

There is NO public admittance on to Barge Pier it is privately owned and is in a poor state of repair. Therefore you should not under any circumstances venture on to it.

 

 

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