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    Default Brownhill Battery, Plymouth - June '09


    Brownhill Battery is sandwiched between Fort Bovisand & Fort Staddon, part of the surrounding defences of Plymouth built in the 1860's on recommendation from the Royal Commission to protect Staddon heights from an enemy attack. A huge ditch ran from Fort Bovisand to Fort Staddon offering protection from the South & East. In 1875, it had an armament of eight 64 pounder RML's on carriages stored at Fort Staddon & in 1893 these were replaced with six 8 inch RML howitzers, combined with two 40 pounder RML's a few years later in 1903.

    Much of the site is heavily overgrown & we couldn't access the two observation posts or the gun positions due to this, we did try! A World War 2 radar installation lies immediately north of here & it's thought that the grounds of the battery was used as accomodation with hut bases still visible. In recent years this has been used for stables & cattle, & outside the loopholed wall lies Staddon golf course. Visited this a few times with theterrorwheel, Laurabops & Dave.

    Exterior view of the loopholed wall


    View through a loophole


    On top of the loopholed wall


    Inside the battery, showing the loopholed wall & guard house


    Guard house




    The tin roof building is of later construction, but looks like there could have been a Nissen type hut here. One of the three expense magazines is visible to the top left.





    Reservoir inside the battery


    The expense magazines. Inspiration for accomodation of Teletubbies & Hobbits methinks.











    Steps lead down to the cartridge & shell store




    Davit above the shell/cartridge magazine


    Inside the magazine, there is 2 rooms





    Of all the battery's i've visited i've never seen a hole like this. I wonder what it's purpose was.


    Finally, a view from one of the magazines showing the interior of the loopholed wall & the massive rifle range wall that sits atop Staddon Heights. Many people think the wall was built as a windshield for the golf course lol.

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    Brilliant shots there dude, looks like a great explore and seems to be more there than at first glance!
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    Any luck figuring out what that circular hole was?

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    Nice report and pics Paul

    That circular hole is weird though !

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    Good report, might be worth revisiting in the winter when the undergrowth has died back. May be able to see more.:)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darkness View Post
    Brilliant shots there dude, looks like a great explore and seems to be more there than at first glance!

    Cheers dude. It's only a small place, but interestingly diffrent to the other batteries around Plymouth.


    Quote Originally Posted by laurabops View Post
    Any luck figuring out what that circular hole was?

    Still baffled on that one


    Quote Originally Posted by graybags View Post
    Nice report and pics Paul

    That circular hole is weird though !

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    Thanks G. That hole sure is a mystery!


    Quote Originally Posted by night crawler View Post
    Good report, might be worth revisiting in the winter when the undergrowth has died back. May be able to see more.:)

    Without a doubt it will be revisited in winter, with the aim of finding the gun platforms & reaching the observation post. :)

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    Nice one mate I like that Magazine. It looks very high up though, I would have been cacking my britches!
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    Good pics and post mate..never knew that was there! Does it pre date the palmerston forts?

    Thats another fort ticked off the list!

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    Quote Originally Posted by extrogg View Post
    Good pics and post mate..never knew that was there! Does it pre date the palmerston forts?

    Thats another fort ticked off the list!

    It was built around the same time as Staddon Fort to protect the eastward land , but the Bovisand defences were already in place. I never tire of seeing these sites, with their varied conditions & current uses.

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    Andy, this is one of those sites that creeps up on you, I knew it existed but forgot all about it, then one day whilst exploring another site, saw the magazine from the road and Bingo !

    But Paul did the magazine , with the weird circular hole, and i haven't seen it yet, so about time for a revisit !

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