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    1. The History:
    Lentney Battery was built in 1905 as one of three 6-inch gun batteries to defend the Eastern approaches to Plymouth Sound, for the defence of the Royal Naval Dockyard at Devonport, 3.7 miles to the north-east. Lentney and Renney batteries were strategically placed to keep the largest enemy battleships and armoured cruisers of the pre-Dreadnought era out of range from bombarding the dockyard and ships anchored in Plymouth Sound. Originally intended to house 3 guns, only two emplacements were completed for the 6-inch Mark VII breech-loading naval guns. The magazines, ammunition prep areas and barracks were situated below the battery.

    In 1911 the battery was put into reserve, as its role was better fulfilled by the contemporary battery at Watch House. In 1914 a blockhouse and unclimbable fence was added and the battery was manned by the Devonshire Royal Garrison Artillery who shared accommodation with the nearby Renney Battery to the south. The guns were dismounted after the First World War.

    Lay-out of the Lentney battery:

    Lentney by HughieDW, on Flickr

    During the Second World War between 1939 and 1941 the battery was modernised and re-armed with similar guns (but this time the Mk24 guns included splinter boxes over the guns) as before manned by men from 156 Royal Artillery Battery. After the war the battery was used as one of the practise batteries for the Coast Artillery Training School who were based up the coast at Fort Staddon. The battery remained in usable condition until the dissolution of coast artillery in the United Kingdom in 1956 when it was once again disarmed, and the guns sold for scrap. The site was then released by the military in 1991.

    Picture of the battery in 1953 three years before it was disarmed:

    20180327_151907 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    2. The Explore:
    With time at a premium and having no car at my disposal, this was a bit of a logistical challenge getting out here. Utilising Plymouth's fantastic bus service I got as close to Fort Bovisand as I could then walked the rest of the way along the back roads. Once at Bovisand I turned left and walked along the coastal path then turned inland to reach the battery. It was a beautiful March day with bright sunlight and blue skies. It was so peaceful and the site itself remains incredibly untouched, bar the odd graff artist that has found their way here. There is still plenty to see here including the original lighting and powder/shell and cartridge hoists, making this a most enjoyable visit.

    3. The Pictures:

    Looks like we’re in the right place!

    img5911 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Old hatch on the first gun emplacement:

    img5912 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    And another…

    img5913 by HughieDW, on Flickr

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    img5915 by HughieDW, on Flickr

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    img5918 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    One of the original light fittings:

    img5920 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img5922 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img5923bw by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Dave and Dave’s been here!

    img5927 by HughieDW, on Flickr
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    img5930bw by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img5931 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img5932 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Some interesting old electrics in here:

    img5933 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Window to the world:

    img5937 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    What lovely ammo prep galleries:

    img5938 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img5944 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Some original hoist gear:

    img5947 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img5951 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img5953 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Clean as a whistle!

    img5957 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img5962 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img5963 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Some nice colours in this smaller room:

    img5964 by HughieDW, on Flickr



    And to the only room with any graff:

    img5966 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img5968 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img5971 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    And look at this!

    img5975 by HughieDW, on Flickr

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    So many original fittings! Thanks for posting, might have to take a trip there myself one day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by krela View Post
    So many original fittings! Thanks for posting, might have to take a trip there myself one day.
    Deffo worth it Krela. Hope it stays this clean and the idiots don't go there...

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    Excellent post and photos, Hughie. Going by a 2008 report it's kept more or less pristine over the last ten years, apart from more undergrowth, so hopefully continues to stay in good nick. :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Foxylady View Post
    Excellent post and photos, Hughie. Going by a 2008 report it's kept more or less pristine over the last ten years, apart from more undergrowth, so hopefully continues to stay in good nick. :)
    Cheers Foxy Lady. Makes you a bit nervous about posting about it but the location's out there and they are openly accessible. So fingers crossed.

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    I'm down this way myself soon, I'll have to pay this one a visit. Fantastic photos as always HughieD!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rubex View Post
    I'm down this way myself soon, I'll have to pay this one a visit. Fantastic photos as always HughieD!
    Cheers Rubex! Give us a shout if you need any intel. Drake Island is the biggie...its just getting onto the isle that is the issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HughieD View Post
    Cheers Rubex! Give us a shout if you need any intel. Drake Island is the biggie...its just getting onto the isle that is the issue.
    Cheers HughieD, I will do.

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    That's an interesting post and a nice write up on the history. Of all the gun batteries that have been posted on this website this one seems to be in the best condition. Maybe because its out of the way and secluded.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hugh Jorgan View Post
    That's an interesting post and a nice write up on the history. Of all the gun batteries that have been posted on this website this one seems to be in the best condition. Maybe because its out of the way and secluded.
    Think that's the reason. Takes a bit of planning getting to this place. Well worth the effort though.

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