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Sunday, September 11, 2011

The Eleven Plus and Lonely Locations

This is a photograph of Shornemead Fort.

The fort is on the River Thames - long walk but a short bike ride from Gravesend.

The fort was built as one of a number of measures aimed at looking after a route to London.

As the men worked on guard duty - waiting for something to happen, some of us may wonder how the soldiers passed their time? What percentage could read and write? Did any of them go on to enjoy the benefits of further education?

If the eleven plus had been around, would any of the waiting have had time to think about examinations - or would this have been the preserve of the `stay at homes'?

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