This composition is somewhat popular amongst photographers that live and work within the Medway Towns of Kent. The image was taken quite sometime ago, just as I was venturing into the world of digital photography. It shows the ancient wooden, and lead lined staircase that is situated within the historical Upnor Castle, that stands majestically on the banks of the River Medway. Although Upnor Castle is known as a Castle, it is in fact a Fort. It was built in and around the time of the Spanish Armada. Its purpose was to defend the fleet of Ships that would be moored at Chatham Dockyard, which lies on the opposite bank to the Fort. The reason for the lead lined stair case was in order to prevent static electricity building up by the soldiers who would carry kegs of gunpowder up and down in order to charge the awaiting canons below. The floors are also made entirely of cross sections of oak, again in order to prevent sparks from the hob nailed soldier boots. 'Sparks and Gunpowder, don't go well together without the appropriate precautions being taken'.
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