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Spiral Staircase

By NDODS    
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'.

Tags: Photo journalism Danger Ships Historical Soldiers Risk Defence Fortification Invading Fleets

Voters: Sezz, ugly, CaroleS and 11 more

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Sezz 16 619 15 England
20 Feb 2012 8:03AM
Yes I like the comp' - wonderful staircase in a wonderful castle/fort! I've been there but have yet to get anything good on the cam'
Thanks for adding the info, always interesting to read alongside the image!

Sarah *
ugly Plus
13 9 57 United Kingdom
20 Feb 2012 8:12AM
Top image...
A graet comp....
Very well taken...

NDODS 11 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
20 Feb 2012 8:20AM
Thanks for your comments guys, it certainly makes the effort worthwhile.
CaroleS Plus
11 442 3 United Kingdom
20 Feb 2012 8:21AM
Great composition, it is nice the see an old spiral staircase can be just as dramatic as the new - Carole
Briwooly 15 454 6 England
20 Feb 2012 2:09PM
What a great pov can see why it's popular


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