Historic bomb-proof fort Number One, The Thames goes on sale for £2m

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The property is back on the market for the first time in six years

A REMOTE 165 year-old bomb proof gun tower has come back on the market for four times the price it was sold for six years ago.

The sea defence known as the Grain Tower Battery, is based on a spot of land 1km off the Isle of Grain, Kent.

The structure stands where the river Thames and the Medway meet and is only accessible on foot during low tide.

Otherwise, the property, listed as Number One, The Thames, requires a boat or helicopter to reach it.

Sea defense property
The former military base has stunning views

Now the impressive defence is up for sale with Chrome Residential, for offers exceeding or equal to £2m.

Images of the property show the stunning, sheer view of the Kent estuary afforded by the fort.

Many of the rooms are currently in a state of ruin however, with considerable improvements required.

The dilapidated property is the same price as a beautiful three bedroom flat in Chelsea’s Cadogan Gardens.

Architects drawings
Architects have dreamt up some big plans for the potential new owner

While in Edinburgh, the fort costs more than a six bedroom flat in the luxurious and sought after Stockbridge area of the city.

Sellers Chrome residential say the property has the potential to become: “A private residence, an off shore hotel, a houseboat community, outdoor pursuit centre, film location, nightclub, casino to name a few.”

Set over 2,300 sqm, the property was originally built in 1855 to serve as a military installation to protect The Thames, Chatham and Sheerness dockyards.

It featured a large gun on the roof which has since been removed, an army barracks.

Interior of sea defense
The property needs some serious renovation

The property was bought by builder Simon Cooper from the Crown with the intention of turning it into his dream home.

However, Mr Cooper has been unable to develop the property and put it on sale in 2014 at £500,000.

It is unknown if he had managed to sell the property or is putting on sale again.

 
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