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    Default Woodland Fort Counterscarp Gallery, Plymouth - June '09


    Myself, theterrorwheel & extrogg set out on a warm & very sticky evening after TTW had secured access earlier that day. This was the first of three explores on what turned out to be a very rewarding evening, the second needed another plan of action, the third was simply awesome but needs another visit due to...well let's just say unforeseen circumstances ;) All in good time!

    Woodland Fort has been documented before on here but the Counterscarp Gallery hasn't & it would seem it hasn't been entered for a good couple of years. This was TTW's childhood stomping ground & he led the way so big thanks to him.

    The fort was built around 1869 & the counterscarp gallery defended the North & East section of the ditch. Armed with four 32 pounder SBBL guns, also serving as extra accomodation for the soldiers. A tunnel connected it to the fort which ran underneath the ditch & up an incline to the NE section. It was disarmed in the mid 1890's but was utilised by units during WW1 & WW2.

    The gallery is thought to have also been used as an air raid shelter during WW2, with evidence of sealed lighting units like those found in the Devonport Park shelters, running the length of the tunnel which is bricked up at the top to prevent access within the main fort. The gallery was two storey, with the wooden floors long gone although two small concrete sections on the first floor survive.

    On with the pics!

    Plan of the fort, the Counterscarp Gallery marked with a thick black line top right.







    Inside one of four magazines, taken in the north section




    Steps lead down to the mid section




    Accomodation rooms in the mid section, notice where the wooden floors once was


    In this room was a hole in the floor, not sure what this for, maybe light ammunition magazine



    On the upper section, looking toward the northern magazines, accomodation to the right.



    Underview of steps that led to the upper wooden floors of the east section


    The lamp passage tunnel that leads up to the fort. The heavy steel door came from the door way in the lower passageway of the north magazine


    Before the incline is this big "plug" in the roof, we are now underneath the ditch



    Original door lock?


    Sealed lighting units lying on the tunnel floor, similiar to those found in Plymouth air raid shelters, & brackets still attached to the wall which hel them in place




    The blocked end of the tunnel at the top of an incline, the fort lies the other side of the wall


    Looking back down the tunnel




    My pics in the east section of the magazines didn't come out too well, but there some interesting artefacts like a stove & cast iron fire surround. Hopefully TTW will have got some good pics. :)

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    Awesome report and pics Badoosh !

    Always assumed it was very waterlogged

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    Quote Originally Posted by graybags View Post
    Awesome report and pics Badoosh !

    Always assumed it was very waterlogged

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    Cheers G. It's Driza Bone in there. The caponier on the east side of the fort is a few inches deep though.

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    very nice report mate love the pictures as well.

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    that certainly was a good day, great getting back in there again after such a long time, as for the other explores they were ok i suppose.

    badoosh abit light headed

    steps down from the east section to what was known as the rats tunnel by the locals

    start of tunnel

    badoosh at the end of the tunnel

    tunnel life

    extrogg checking out the east section artwork


    not seen one of these for a while

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    Quote Originally Posted by Badoosh View Post
    Cheers G. It's Driza Bone in there. The caponier on the east side of the fort is a few inches deep though.
    will post up some pics as soon as i find where i put them!

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    Quote Originally Posted by theterrorwheel View Post
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    I've just realised looking at the pics of the artwork. It's at the level where the wooden floor would once have been, so that dates it back quite a bit. Shame the skins decided to scrawl over it.

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    That really is some Fort and tunnel guys . Fantastic stuff. Wish I could have joined you down there, just my sort of place.:)
    And a dreadful thing from the cliff did spring. And its wild bark thrilled around. His eyes had the glow of the fires below. Twas the form of the Spectre Hound. 'Ha' yer fa'r got a dickey, bor?' 'Yis, an' he want a fule ter roide 'im, will yew cum?'

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    Top pics and write up mateand hats off to you TTW for some stunning pics..great stuff! Looking at the artwork on the walls in relation to where the floor used to be i think are right that it could have been done when the fort was occupied. It certainly doesnt match the usual chavved up rubbish and lame satanist scrawl!! I do like the Dead Kennedys logo though..but i maybe a little bit biased!
    Good fun getting back out..stuck in a hole!!

    I agree with you TTW the expores after this werent that exciting..fairly average really..!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by theterrorwheel View Post
    will post up some pics as soon as i find where i put them!
    ok well i couldnt find the pics of the East Caponier, so i went and got some new ones.








    newish brick work above where previous photo was taken

    tunnel to fort






    and finally one for badoosh
    Last edited by theterrorwheel; 6th Jul 09 at 16:10.

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