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    Default Redoubt No.5, Maker Heights, Cornwall, July 2018


    1. The History
    Redoubt No.5 is a battery, roughly-rectangular in shape, with Royal Commission fortifications. It is situated on the northern side of the prominent ridge on the Rame Peninsula known as Maker Heights which overlooks the Millbrook Lake, over the Tamar estuary, due west of Plymouth.

    It has stone-faced ramparts with bull-nosed decorated copings and an outer gorge of up to 6m deep. Its interior features including a gatehouse, barracks with bomb-proof roofs. On the eastern side Musketry loops protect the now missing bridge.

    Google Maps view:

    No.5 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The battery was initially built as a temporary structure in earth in 1779 by the 2nd Devon Militia for the War of American Independence. It was intended to protect the four redoubts (No.s 1-4) of the Maker Line. It was made ‘permanent’ in 1782-3 by Dixon & the Duke of Richmond, with the intention of forming a bastion for a much larger fort which never got built. Between 1787-91 the redoubt was strengthened by the addition of the stone revetments, a loop holed barracks along the gorge and gun platforms and renamed 'Redoubt No.5. Between 1808 to 1811 it had 9 guns in total; 2 on the north flank, 3 on the south and 4 on the west. It was most likely not completely repaired under the Royal Commission proposals and was most likely abandoned in 1866. In World War II the barrack block was occupied by Plymouth families displaced by the Blitz.



    The battery was Grade II listed in June 1972.

    2. The Explore
    Came across this place by chance as I was returning from the Maker Heights anti-aircraft battery. It looked too tempting to walk past in the summer sun. The bridge into the fort has completely gone and the only realistic way into the fort is via a ladder via the outer gorge. And given said ladder was not available it was externals only. Fortunately, I got enough pictures of interest to make a small report.

    3. The Pictures

    View from Maker Lane:

    img8373 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The west side of the Redoubt:

    img8376 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Front entrance (east side):

    img8378 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Close-up of main gate:

    img8377 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Going round the fort clockwise….window on the east side:

    img8380 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Two support pillars but no walk-way:

    img8381 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The south-east corner:

    img8382 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    South-west:

    img8383 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    …and north-west corner:

    img8384 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    And no way in:

    img8386 by HughieDW, on Flickr
    Last edited by HughieD; 21st Jul 18 at 05:48.

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    reminicent of western heights dover.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theartist View Post
    reminicent of western heights dover.
    That's a place I'd really like to go...

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    Shame you could not get in there mate looks like it could be rather nice

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    Looks like you had a lovely day for that explore HD....you should take mikey next time, he would probably just fall over and roll down the hill straight through an open door...he's such a lucky bugga
    ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by prettyvacant71 View Post
    Looks like you had a lovely day for that explore HD....you should take mikey next time, he would probably just fall over and roll down the hill straight through an open door...he's such a lucky bugga
    Ha ha...he could have given me a leg up. Saw one report on here and the guy freeclimbed the 6m wall. If only!

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    I can't believe this is so close...Its on the list! Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richardsandson View Post
    I can't believe this is so close...Its on the list! Thanks
    Get yersen in there!

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    Ladder is the answer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BikinGlynn View Post
    Ladder is the answer!
    Innit? The one of the two reports to include the inside was where the guy rocked up and there was a bit of work being done on the interior (tree removal etc) and they'd left their ladder there. The other was our free-climber friend.

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