Quiz Question No. 12

Where is this and what was its original use?

Yesterday’s Answer

The Napoleonic Redoubt is on Woodhill Road close to the junction with Well Lane.  ‘Redoubt’ is defined as ‘a fieldwork enclosed on all sides’ and there would have been others created at that time, traces of which have not survived.

The Redoubt at Harwich, also built during the Napoleonic wars, is quite different and more like a fort.

There were strong fears of an invasion in the early 1800’s which resulted in a line of defences being built from East Sussex to Suffolk.  These included some 29 Martello Towers built between Felixstowe and Jaywick, and a further 27 between Folkstone and Dymchurch.  Additionally the Royal Military Canal, some 28 miles long, was built from Hythe almost to Hastings.  These were supported by the major military fortification of Dover Western Heights and Chatham Dockyards.

Although Napoleon’s final defeat came at Waterloo (Belgium) in 1815, the major losses he incurred against Russia in 1812 greatly reduced the possibility of an invasion, so work on the East/South coast defences ceased at this point.

Quiz Question No. 11

This sign is self explanatory, but where is Danbury’s Napoleonic Redoubt?

Danbury Common Napoleonic Redoubt

Yesterday’s Photograph

The candle carrying character is on the roof of No. 67 Main Road, just up the hill from the Yacht Equipment shop.

Quiz Question No. 9

Built only 9 years ago, where is this imposing crescent shaped building?

Crescent

Yesterday’s Photograph

The gate is at the back of St John’s Church, leading onto the church hill footpath.

The inscription reads “JESUS SAITH I AM THE WAY” which is a quotation from the gospel according to St. John, Chapter 14.

Quiz Question No. 8

Where is this gate and what is the message in the scrollwork?

Gate

Yesterday’s Photograph

The derelict building with ‘Tea Rooms’ written on its side is at Runsell Green, opposite The Anchor pub.

It is called Wickham House and those who have lived in Danbury for more than forty years may remember it being run as a shop by two ladies.  Dating from the 19th Century, this building was originally The Saracens Head and operated as a beer house until it was closed by magistrates around the end of the 1st world war.  Apparently at the time Danbury had eight pubs to serve a village of about 800 inhabitants!

Quiz Question No. 5

This clock should be familiar to everyone, but exactly where is it?

Clue: To prevent this from being too easy, the words above the central spindle have been photo-shopped out!

Clock

Yesterday’s Photograph

The old hollow tree is in Danbury Country Park, close to the public toilets near the warden’s work yard.

Quiz Question No. 4

Thousands of children have had their photographs taken in this tree, but where is it?

Yesterday’s Photograph

Was of the house at number 100 Main Road which up until the early 20th Century was the village Post Office.  See photograph below.  The Post Office subsequently moved to the shop next to The Griffin which is now occupied by Church & Hawes, and more recently into the Co-op store.

Quiz Question No. 3

This building features in an old Danbury postcard.  Where is it and what was it before it became a private house?

Yesterday’s Photograph

was taken at Buell Well on Danbury Common.

A pumping station was built here in the18th century, the foundations of which can still be seen.

Water was pumped from this natural spring up to a tank at the top of church hill and this supplied the village and beyond.  This continued until 1936 and, with the pump and tank being redundant, they were dismantled in 1962.  At it’s peek Buell Well supplied over 13 million gallons of water each year, sufficient for 4000 people. The storage tanks had a capacity of over 100,000 gallons.