Results 1 to 9 of 9

Thread: Efford Fort / Fort Efford, Plymouth, February 2009

  1. #1
    Join Date
    February 2009
    Location
    Plymouth
    Age
    42
    Posts
    62
    Thanked
    25

    Default Efford Fort / Fort Efford, Plymouth, February 2009


    We had a mooch around Efford Fort recently. It was our first Urbexing expedition (unless you count teenage adventures) and quite an easy one too - apart from the mud - so it was a good place to lose our ‘urbexing-virginity’...

    Efford Fort - for those not familiar with it - is another of Lord Palmerston's follies. It was built circa 1860 and formed part of the north east line of Plymouth's land defences, designed to protect the area from potential French invasion. Later, the area was heavily occupied by a vast American army during the preparations for D-Day.

    It's now privately owned - Anderton and Rowlands fairground store some of their stuff up there and others live onsite therefore direct access to the interior of the fort is not possible. However, photos below show the casement tunnels and gun emplacements on the eastern side. Oh, and mucho evidence of chav…

    Found this against the wall of the fort on our initial scout around - looks like a water sluice. Maybe held a reservoir behind..?









    Gun Emplacement:





    Custard Cream anyone..?





    This staircase used to lead directly up into the interior of the fort. The top is now cemented shut.



    Haven't been able to explore this area yet. The floor, as you can see has fallen through but I understand it was originally used for ammunition storage.



    One of the many many many butane cannisters lying about...


  2.  
     
  3. #2
    Join Date
    February 2008
    Posts
    413
    Thanked
    28

    Default


    nice one, been meaning to do this one for a while
    Kernow Expeditionary Force

  4. #3
    Join Date
    February 2009
    Location
    Plymouth
    Age
    42
    Posts
    62
    Thanked
    25

    Default


    Quote Originally Posted by kernowexpeditionary View Post
    nice one, been meaning to do this one for a while
    It's very accessible at the mo (can I say that?) - hence the custard cream picnick - but hasn't been for ages.

  5. #4
    Join Date
    January 2007
    Location
    East Devon's Jurassic Park!
    Posts
    8,640
    Thanked
    1005

    Default


    Ooh, that looks good. Love the sluice...cool find. :)
    "...If we lose our spiritual bond with the land they'll be nothing left of us as a nation..." Phil Rickman.

    I can't read and I can't write, but that don't really matter,
    I come from the west country and I can drive a tractor.


    Website Story

  6. #5
    Join Date
    September 2005
    Location
    Plymouth
    Posts
    276
    Thanked
    7

    Default Efford


    My boss is related to the Rowlands, I'm working on a visit soon

    If you look over on 28dl you may find what the tealights were used for :)

    G
    "Whenever I fill out an application and it says 'In case of an emergency notify...,' I put Doctor. What the hell is my mother gonna do?" Steven Wright


    G

  7. #6
    Join Date
    February 2009
    Location
    Plymouth
    Age
    42
    Posts
    62
    Thanked
    25

    Default


    Quote Originally Posted by graybags View Post
    My boss is related to the Rowlands, I'm working on a visit soon

    If you look over on 28dl you may find what the tealights were used for :)

    G
    WOW! - I'm inspired and very much humbled. What awesome pics. Ooooo I'm so going to rip that idea! (erm, I mean, I like did it first.... ages ago... really...)
    Last edited by GeorgieKirrin; 21st Feb 09 at 01:46.

  8. #7
    Join Date
    January 2009
    Location
    plymouth
    Age
    42
    Posts
    103
    Thanked
    32

    Default


    awesome, great looking explore, woodland fort is very similar to that one, no sure if its got any access though at the moment, infact maybe it needs a new visit.

  9. #8
    Join Date
    November 2008
    Age
    45
    Posts
    2
    Thanked
    0

    Default


    Hiya, I remember going down the 'spirals' when I was about 13. 36 now, so that was a long time ago! Walked along that old corridor to the steps at the end. If you went up the steps, you ended up in the yard that the gypsies lived in. If you went down, you got to the rooms with the beams in them. I remember climbing across those beams! The worst part of the whole trip was climbing up a bank with a huge drop to the housing estate below, that was not fun!!

  10. #9
    Join Date
    April 2008
    Location
    Underground, mostly.
    Posts
    617
    Thanked
    67

    Default


    Nice, yet another Plymouth defence, there cant be many more, can there?
    Looks good all the same.
    As for the cemented shut but, Im sure its not as good as you think ;)

    Id just like to add, I think the ammo store you mention is wrong, ammo is not usually stored on a wooden floor with wooden beams, if you know what I mean :p
    >>> Moles Wight Exploration <<<
    <<< RIP THE PADDLE STEAMER RYDE >>>
    ##I can be contacted via the email on my profile page##


About us
DerelictPlaces is a forum for people with an interest in the history and documentation of disused, derelict and abandoned buildings to come together and share their experiences, photography and historical findings. Our military, industrial and historical heritage is fast disappearing under the pressure of regeneration, the need for new housing, and often through simple neglect; Our aim is to document these places before they disappear entirely.
Follow us