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    Had a look at this place with Sausage. It was built in World War One and is also known as Fort Coulson. It was a coastal defence station, and a few hundred yards away are the searchlight buildings which shone horizontal light onto sea. Unfortunately we didn't have time to take pictures of those

    It incorporates two gun emplacements, a magazine with 3 seperate chambers which were for storing the propellant, the fuse and the actual shell, and it also had a blast chamber. There is a rangefinding tower that utilized a Barr & Stroud prism rangefinder and various shelters and workshops.

    Here are a few pictures:

    This is the magazine. The smaller holes near the top were for pressure relief in case of a blast.


    Some shots of the twin gun emplacements










    On top of the gun emplacement


    The roof was only added during the second world war, when this complex was re-commisioned


    Sausage inside one of the day shelters.


    Rangefinder tower. This used a Barr & Stroud twin prism device to calculate distances to enemy ships.


    Thanks to Sausage for this one.

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    Nice find, next time I am up that way I will check it out. Thanks for the photo's
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    Nice one guys. Whilst it is nice to find them well preserved (like this one) it is also nice to find them in a natural state of decay. I expect access to the magazines was sealed?:)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bryag View Post
    Nice one guys. Whilst it is nice to find them well preserved (like this one) it is also nice to find them in a natural state of decay. I expect access to the magazines was sealed?:)
    Thanks Bryag, yes the magazine is sealed, although the pigeons still seem to find their way in and out!

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    Nice shots BigLoada. :) I would post my pics up but they are just the same! I think places like this need to be preserved for future generations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sausage View Post
    Nice shots BigLoada. :) I would post my pics up but they are just the same! I think places like this need to be preserved for future generations.
    Yes they do, but do they have to impose their H&S upon us and seal off all the "dodgy" areas? Let us decide what we are prepared to do. Do they close Ben Nevis or Snowdon because it is dangerous? NO! Yet there are hundreds of rescued every year at the tax payers expense due to numpties going up there, ill equipped. A 75 year old man was airlifted off Ben Nevis at the weekend FFS!

    Let me go down a hole in the ground, I promise the rescue will cost you no more than a chap with a rope! (And that chap is most likely to be my mate who was with me anyway, as I am not a fool):p

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    I severly doubt anyone to bring a successful legal action against Ben Nevis, a council on the other hand?

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    A lot of this ite is sealed off at the mo due to some of the buildings being in use for storage etc. Blyth canoe club and Blyth lifeguard club rent some of the buildings. A purpose built facility is being constructed nearby so that these clubs can be relocated to a more suitable site.
    They also have problems with pervy people hanging round the area. It was only last week a local man was prosecuted for some sort of indecency offences. This could also be part of the reason for sealing buildings (for now).

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    This is great stuff! Love the rangefinder tower. Shame about the searchlight emplacements, but the rest of the site is excellent. :)
    I absolutely agree with you Bryag, and prefer to see military sites such as those on Gibraltar which haven't been bricked up or tarted up. I suppose it's a difficult fine line for councils as, to preserve these places, they also tend to make them a bit touristy.
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    They are all getting a facelift etc, The bandstand has just been re-vamped.. I might get some pictures of that up for yous. Also the promenade has all just been done up.. Also 20 beach huts have just been built and opened (There was originally a row of beach huts - but they were demolished years ago. I can just remember them so it was probs more than 15 years ago)

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