Fort Pitt, Kent

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Fort Pitt is a Napoleonic era fort built between 1805 and 1819 on the high ground of the boundary between Chatham and Rochester, Kent.wikipedia
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Chatham, Kent

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Fort Pitt is a Napoleonic era fort built between 1805 and 1819 on the high ground of the boundary between Chatham and Rochester, Kent.
The second phase of fort-building (1806–1819) included Fort Pitt (later used as a hospital and the site of the first Army Medical School).

Rochester, Kent

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Fort Pitt is a Napoleonic era fort built between 1805 and 1819 on the high ground of the boundary between Chatham and Rochester, Kent.
The town, as part of Medway, is surrounded by two circles of fortresses; the inner line built during the Napoleonic wars consists of Fort Clarence, Fort Pitt, Fort Amherst and Fort Gillingham.

Royal Army Medical Corps

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In 1860 Fort Pitt was selected by Florence Nightingale as the initial site for the new Army Medical School, before this moved to Netley near Southampton in 1863.
To join, a doctor needed to be qualified, single, and aged at least 21, and then undergo a further examination in physiology, surgery, medicine, zoology, botany and physical geography including meteorology, and also to satisfy various other requirements (including having dissected the whole body at least once and having attended 12 midwifery cases); the results were published in three classes by an Army Medical School, which was set up in 1860 at Fort Pitt in Chatham, and moved in 1863 to Netley outside Southampton.

Fort Clarence

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Fort Clarence, Fort Amherst and the Great Lines were visible from Fort Pitt, the whole providing a defensive ring to protect Chatham Dockyard.
After nearby Fort Pitt became a military hospital, the patients were moved from Clarence to a new asylum, although the prison remained, with accounts of floggings being given in local newspapers.

Fort Amherst

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Fort Clarence, Fort Amherst and the Great Lines were visible from Fort Pitt, the whole providing a defensive ring to protect Chatham Dockyard.
Fort Clarence in Rochester and Fort Pitt, on the Rochester-Chatham borders, were built in 1805–15 to protect the southern approaches.

Fort Pitt Grammar School

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The school, now known as Fort Pitt Grammar School, remains on the site and has added a number of new buildings.
Built on Fort Pitt Hill on the site of a Napoleonic era fort, it is situated next to the Rochester campus of the University for the Creative Arts.

Chatham Dockyard

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Fort Clarence, Fort Amherst and the Great Lines were visible from Fort Pitt, the whole providing a defensive ring to protect Chatham Dockyard.

The Pickwick Papers

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As a boy, Charles Dickens lived at 2 Ordnance Terrace, a quarter of a mile to the east of Fort Pitt, and the fort is the location of the fictional duel between Mr. Nathaniel Winkle and Dr. Slammer in his novel The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club.
For example, he located the duel between Mr. Winkle and Dr. Slammer at Fort Pitt, Chatham, close to Ordnance Terrace where he had lived as a boy, between 1817 and 1821.

Napoleonic Wars

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Fort Pitt is a Napoleonic era fort built between 1805 and 1819 on the high ground of the boundary between Chatham and Rochester, Kent. The end of the Napoleonic Wars meant that the site was not finally used as a fort, although soldiers were sometimes accommodated there including, in 1815, wounded from the Battle of Waterloo.

Fortification

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Fort Pitt is a Napoleonic era fort built between 1805 and 1819 on the high ground of the boundary between Chatham and Rochester, Kent.

Kent

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Fort Pitt is a Napoleonic era fort built between 1805 and 1819 on the high ground of the boundary between Chatham and Rochester, Kent.

William Pitt the Younger

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Named after Prime Minister William Pitt, Fort Pitt was part of the defences overlooking the River Medway.

River Medway

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Named after Prime Minister William Pitt, Fort Pitt was part of the defences overlooking the River Medway.

Great Lines Heritage Park

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Fort Clarence, Fort Amherst and the Great Lines were visible from Fort Pitt, the whole providing a defensive ring to protect Chatham Dockyard.

Keep

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The original fort included a number of buildings now demolished, including a central tower, or keep, removed in 1910 to provide more hospital space; a large blockhouse designed to house 500 men; and two outlying towers named 'Delce' and 'Gibraltar'.

Blockhouse

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The original fort included a number of buildings now demolished, including a central tower, or keep, removed in 1910 to provide more hospital space; a large blockhouse designed to house 500 men; and two outlying towers named 'Delce' and 'Gibraltar'.

Battle of Waterloo

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The end of the Napoleonic Wars meant that the site was not finally used as a fort, although soldiers were sometimes accommodated there including, in 1815, wounded from the Battle of Waterloo.

Psychiatric hospital

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An "asylum for insane soldiers" was added in 1847.

Crimean War

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This included most of the sick and wounded from the Crimean War and the Indian Mutiny.

Indian Rebellion of 1857

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This included most of the sick and wounded from the Crimean War and the Indian Mutiny.

Queen Victoria

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Queen Victoria came to Fort Pitt on three separate occasions in 1855 to visit soldiers wounded in the Crimea.

Florence Nightingale

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In 1860 Fort Pitt was selected by Florence Nightingale as the initial site for the new Army Medical School, before this moved to Netley near Southampton in 1863.

Netley Hospital

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In 1860 Fort Pitt was selected by Florence Nightingale as the initial site for the new Army Medical School, before this moved to Netley near Southampton in 1863.

George V

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Continuing as a garrison hospital, in October 1914 King George V and Queen Mary visited British and German servicemen wounded in the First World War.