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  1. Now home to the local pigeon population this small deep shelter was built to protect troops of the nearby Z-Rocket from incoming axis bombs during WWII. There was two main entrances down into the shelter and one emergency escape exit. All in all, a great little splore, one of many in the area. Un-lined section which leads to the emergency escape exit. Wardens room/office, with the un-lined section in the distance. Main tunnels are lined with steel girders braced with corrugated steel sheet. Toilets. Steps leading up towards main entrance, now infilled with bricks and rubble. The original timber and plywood lining still remains, although damaged and decomposing. Last but by no means least...
  2. More holiday snaps! The Sa Caleta Coastal Battery is a coastal defence consisting of a set of three open gun emplacements built between 1936 and 1937, by the Nationalist (fascist) forces during the Spanish Civil war to protect the approaches to Ibiza Airport. I knew something was here but found all this more or less by accident 'cause the ruin I found on Google Earth was an excavated Roman Villa! There is an opening in the cliff face above the beach at Sa Caleta & that attracted my attention. Pictures Sa Caleta Costal Battery gully holes by Infraredd, on Flickr Pretty beach Sa Caleta Costal Battery gully cliff by Infraredd, on Flickr Leads back to Sa Caleta Costal Battery gully exit by Infraredd, on Flickr A barracks Sa Caleta Costal Battery Barracks 1 by Infraredd, on Flickr Not very well secured Sa Caleta Costal Battery Barracks inside 1 by Infraredd, on Flickr Remains of the crappers bit exposed for me Sa Caleta Costal Battery Barracks bog by Infraredd, on Flickr round the corner Sa Caleta Costal Battery Barracks inside 2 by Infraredd, on Flickr Out the back is this interesting structure Sa Caleta Costal Battery hellmouth 1 by Infraredd, on Flickr Going down Sa Caleta Costal Battery hellmouth 2 by Infraredd, on Flickr At the bottom of the stairs is a corridor to some other stairs & this is how it's laid out here - no rooms at all just up, down & along Sa Caleta Costal Battery bunker corridor 1 by Infraredd, on Flickr Up and out Sa Caleta Costal Battery bunker corridor stairs by Infraredd, on Flickr To this Sa Caleta Costal Battery gun emplacement 2 by Infraredd, on Flickr Down again Sa Caleta Costal Battery bunker corridor down by Infraredd, on Flickr Sa Caleta Costal Battery bunker corridor 3 by Infraredd, on Flickr & up again Sa Caleta Costal Battery bunker corridor way out by Infraredd, on Flickr Sa Caleta Costal Battery gun emplacement 4 by Infraredd, on Flickr & down again Sa Caleta Costal Battery bunker corridor 2 by Infraredd, on Flickr & out to this one with it's own stairs down Sa Caleta Costal Battery bunker shadow by Infraredd, on Flickr Sa Caleta Costal Battery bunker entrance by Infraredd, on Flickr More externals including the observation post with no underground access. Sa Caleta Costal Battery bunker 1 by Infraredd, on Flickr Sa Caleta Costal Battery gun emplacement 1 by Infraredd, on Flickr Sa Caleta Costal Battery gun emplacement 5 by Infraredd, on Flickr Sa Caleta Costal Battery observation point 1 by Infraredd, on Flickr Sa Caleta Costal Battery observation point 2 by Infraredd, on Flickr Thanks for looking
  3. My first report here so hope you enjoy. Spurn is already an evocative place by virtue of it's itinerant nature. Add to this WW1 and WW2 remains gradually crumbling into the Sea, or being swallowed in sand, both above and below ground, and you've got a great day's exploring ahead. This shingle and sand peninsula changes position and shape in a cycle due to tidal forces. The rapid erosion rate on this entire coast is alarming. A fuller explanation of the 'science' of Spurn is given in Jan Crowther's book 'The People along the sand'. I was in the good company of Rich Cooper, my host and guide for the weekend. Having been here several times before, Rich's knowledge of the area made easy work of locating the various treasures although he was to be twice surprised by finds he'd missed out on previously for one reason or another. We looked at the whole area from Kilnsea and the Godwin Battery right down the 3 �mile long peninsula which narrows to around 50 yards in places and tenuously separates the Humber from the North Sea. We visited on the eve of the Armistice which remained in our thoughts throughout the day. Pillbox �Lozenge e02903 At a bend in Easington Road near Kilnsea and slowly collapsing into the river estuary. 'Murray's' Post �Redoubt or Infantry Post e02355 A garrisoned stronghold and part of the outer landward defences for the Godwin Battery. Included a fighting and communications trench system running due east from the post for 150 yards which looks to have had concrete lined sections. In the post itself, the lower section is flooded some 3 feet deep and the concrete canopy above the firing positions has cracked and fallen or, more accurately, dropped a few feet in places. Vickers MMG rear pivot mount, WW2 addition Following the trench back leads to a brick-lined tunnel (at 53.623281�, 0.138533�) giving access to the Battery, sadly completely flooded. Godwin Battery �e07062 � Coast Artillery Battery, part destroyed �Important coastal battery, named in honour of Major General Godwin, constructed in 1914 to strengthen the outer defences of the Humber and house two Mk.IV guns on Mk.V mountings. The Battery was protected by a sea wall300yds long around the site to protect from the advancing sea. Behindthis two 9.2�BL guns were mounted in circular concrete pits c100yds apart. Between the guns were the underground magazine, crewshelters and workshops, the magazine roof being 5ft thick.� - Source English Heritage document �Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey, Bempton to DonnaNook Some images from Jan Crowther's book 'The people along the sand' Godwin 1917 Murray's Post can be seen NW of the Battery Blockhouse South Gun Emplacement This was once attached to the magazines, workshops and shelters now resting on the beach below North Gun emplacement Magazine You really can't appreciate the scale of this Battery from pics, you need to go there. It's sister Battery, Spurn Fort and two other Batteries will be covered in subsequent threads. ..............................to be continued...................................
  4. An Oldie but a goodie. Be careful what you say to your kids, you may just have to live up to your word, I may have said; in passing "what an experience it would be to stay in the fort overnight, completely cut of from land". Low and behold we try it. Arrived on the beach in the towering shadow of the power station around 4pm. Ever tried walking over cobbles covered in slime, mud and full of rock pools, while carrying substantial survival essentials. quite comedic for someone watching I should think. Had a quick look around the place, dodging around some pretty big holes in the floor. Whilst at the very top of the tower a group of about 6 or 7 people could be seen sliding over the cobbles, we sat aside and let them wonder, as we were going to have plenty of time to look. Had a good chat with a couple of them to, but didn't think to ask if they were on any forums. So hello if you are, a pleasure meeting you. Just when we thought the visits were over, 2 young lads turned up to fish, but found the weirdos staying on the castle much more interesting. They proceeded to try and scare us with storys of police, lifeboats and dead soldiers. One lad securely re-fitted the ladder for us which he said he installed originally. I must admit I thought he was going to nick it, but credit due. Sitting staring at the shipping going past, we noticed shadows darting across the floor, on closer inspection we found what seem to be woodlice, however they must have been special sea castle lice, as they were huge, big enough that you could see the individual organs within their transparent bodies, nice. (Later established that they are known as "Sea Slaters") Midnight, decided to try and get some kip. However; who knew the sea moving up and down over hidden pipework and holes could make such a muddle of sound, from thudding to whispers, I think we managed about an hour. Time to get up and finish the supplies, about a litre of hot chocolate and 3 Ham and Egg roles later, I managed to straighten my spine and check the tide. I must admit that as much as I enjoyed my stay I was looking forward to getting back to my bed. Slip slide across the cobbles we look back and see the red of the sun breaking the horizon, lighting the quarter moon, casting a silhouette of the fort. I didn't care at this point, I didn't even take a picture; just carried on slipping back to my bed. Good to think I'll have to do it again in a few years, once the little lady is big enough. Still time will let me look back with fondness I am sure. Cheers t2020
  5. This battery was constructed to house six 9 inch guns on high angle mounts (70 degrees) which would fire heavy projectiles upto ten thousand yards down onto the deck of ships attacking the harbour of Portland. The guns were directed by Position Finding Cells, two at Priory Corner on West Cliff and four on East Cliff. Magazine entrance - feeding the guns by rail and delivering the shells at muzzle height. Two storage buildings. Bombproof shelter. Another magazine and the rail still remains. Bombproof shelter and laboratory entrance. ... and that's the lot!
  6. Did this originally in 2010 and have visited many times,my first report all that time ago i had just got my dslr and tbh the pics where gash and due to it becoming not doable when i saw some pics pop up thought it would be rude not to go down and capture the place again! Visited with UrbanGinger and Spaveinvader..Big thanks to UG for the leg up as i was slipping in comedy style .. At St Margaret's Bay there is the underground deep shelter for St Margarets 5.5" Battery. This site was the first one to use the unrotated projectile known as the Z - Rocket which was a anti - aircraft (AA) weapon. It was officially known as a UP or unrotated projectile. It was not particularly accurate, but the thinking was that if fired in large enough amounts an enemy plane just might get hit Just a quick pop back be rude not too
  7. Again visited with Obscurity and Storm..2nd part of our medway trip and apart frm the tide coming in really fast trying to cut us off from both sides and the causeway having parts missing with rather deep pools mening i had to do stepping stones over them it was another relaxed explore.. History borrowed again from Undergeround kent The original structure at Grain Tower, built in 1855, was based on the earlier Martello Towers that were first constructed as a defence against Napoleon in the early 19th century. It stands off shore on Grain Spit in the Medway and the original tower was built of brick covered in granite. The fire from Grain Tower would support that from Garrison Point and would defend both the entrance to the River Medway and the sea front of Sheerness. The guns of the 1855 Tower were mounted on the roof and fired en barbette (that is, the gun is fired over a wall rather than through an embrasure). In the early 20th century the tower was upgraded to be armed with two 4.7in BLs. In order to accommodate these guns a raised concrete and stone structure was built on the roof, which in addition to providing a platform for the guns, also provided shelter that could be used for stores and fire control. At the same time work was undertaken within the main body of the tower to make better ammunition storage to supply these new guns. Shortly after these modifications a boom defence was constructed across the River Medway towards Sheerness. The tower became an anchor point for this boom, connecting it to Grain beach. Further additions and modifications were made during the Second World War, in particular the large roofed emplacement that supported a twin 6pdr QF gun. Behind this was a directing tower and a light emplacement. The biggest addition at this stage was the barrack block; it was made of concrete and stands on stilts with access to and from the main tower. On with some pics 2nd part of a great day!
  8. Visited with Wevsky and Superwide, my 1st underground explore experience, thoroughly enjoyed, bit of history on the site, Situated on the cliffs above St. Margaret's Bay is the site of a four gun, 5.5" battery that was one of the earliest of the protective emplacements that were rapidly established along this vulnerable area of the Kent coastline during the early years of the Second World War, these guns had been removed from the secondary armament of HMS Hood in the period 1935 - 1940. In the case of St. Margaret's Battery, the guns involved were all manufactured by the Coventry Ordnance Works. Manned by 411 Battery, part of 540 Coast Defence Regiment, the limited range of these weapons (less than 18,000 yards) meant that it rapidly became 'redundant' as a Coast Defence battery as the more powerful and flexible 6" weapons at Fan Hole Battery were commissioned. This led to the site becoming a training battery, until eventually the idea was hit on of establishing a 'flashing battery' here. Because of its exposed location near the edge of the cliff, any gun flash from here was fully visible from the occupied French coastline - this meant that when an enemy convoy was sited the 'flashing battery' could pretend to open fire using special charges, thus causing the ships to change course away from the expected danger and into the range of the (hidden behind reverse slopes) big guns at South Foreland and Wanstone. (History borrowed with kind permission of Kent Hstory Forum) And on with my pics, not the best in the world owing to my Point n shoot camera but now Im getting into this I think Im gonna go invest in a "real" camera ! 1st A pic of the site as it was "Back in the day" Looking back at the entrance and the hole of death And a few of the interior And last but not least a bit of original grafitti My Thanks for taking the time to view my pics and hopefully they will improve in the Future
  9. Right decided with a few of the guys after they'd had a look at the oil mills upper week or so before when i just wasnt up to it too have a look at the oil mills west..interesting access as ever but once that was over come a very nice visit very huge roofs due to there at one point being 2 floors and the history of it imsure most of you all know by now..after that a quick visit to st.martins battery whioch last time my larger build friends gave up on and this time managed,its pretty burnt out down there but was allways going to have to be done anyways right was expecting my lenser cree torch to arrive this morning which it didnt so pics taken with the lighting ive had too use up and till now..on with the pics Right a few of st.martins!! right youve seen one deep shelter etc etc..but its one knocked of my list..thanks to the guys for the helping hand quite literally at oil mills and thats me done
  10. Lydden Spout Battery nr. Dover, March 2010 I had found this place a couple of years ago now but had never bothered returning to get better photos. This was my 6th visit to the shelter and along for the ride was Urban Junkie, Skydiver, Maniac, Shadow, Muffie and Frosty. This is still probably one of my favourite shelters in the area. The entrance is horrific to say the least. After a steep decent down the remains of a cliff edge walk which over the years has weathered into a mere verge down the cliff, you have to climb up to the entrance. Someone has very kindly tied up some rope but this has been there years and WILL eventually give way. Once at the entrance there is a large cliff fall supported by some wood. This is the entrance. Once you have carefully worked your way in being careful not to make the condition of the entrance any worse then you enter a large dome area, this is where there has been a huge downfall. Climbing over the down fall you are in History: Lydden Spout Battery was constructed in 1941 on the cliffs between Dover and Folkestone. This consisted of three 6� naval gun positions, magazines, gun rooms, a plotting room and a large deep shelter. The guns were removed in the 1970’s but the foundations are still visible to date. All underground parts are in a good condition. Above ground most buildings were demolished but an officers mess remains and is now used as a cow shed. On with the photos: Thanks for looking
  11. A few pics from multiple visits with 12 gauge and solar p This place is truly massive its so much bigger than i expected the walk out to it via the walkway just builds up the expectations truly one of the best places i have explored. bit of history Grain tower battery was constructed in 1855 the style resembles a martelo tower extra parts were added on in the later world wars in 1910 more guns and the tower was attached. in the 1940s more modifications were completed when the extra block was attached. A few artsy fartsy pictures accommodation block on we go tower top room observation post ammo loader gun turret