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Thread: Ashby HAA Site, Suffolk

  1. #1
    Join Date
    June 2010

    Default Ashby HAA Site, Suffolk

    Ok, so I know its been done twice in the last two yrs, but hopefully you will indulge me in this third post! On a more serious note, there does seem to have been even more dumping of rubbish since the 2010 post - at this rate the site will be completely buried in old straw bails, farm manure and other rubbish in a few yrs time.
    So, this Sun I had a trip up to see this HAA site. This site was part of the Yarmouth Gun Defended Area and was established in 1941, first with mobile 3.7" guns but these were soon replaced with statics and equipped with Gun Laying radar. It was located to the north of Lowestoft, no doubt to protect against any enemy aircraft approaching the town from the north and also probably to protect Fritton which was I think was used to store Depth Charges by the Navy. It later provided HAA protection for Fritton Lake during 79th Armoured Division's trials with DD Tanks from 1943 onwards.

    The site is typical of the 1941 layout for static HAA sites with both the 1941 gun pit and Command Post designs. Quite a lot of the site still survives today including all four gun pits, the Command Post, hard standings and two BCF Huts from the domestic site. It is really sad to see the site slowly being buried by old straw bails, manure and other farm rubbish.

    First set of images show the Command Post:

    Images 1-3: The Command Post
    Image 4: Interior of the Post - this is the Plotting Room
    Image 5: A room like this is on either side of the Post - the steps lead up to the area where the Predictor, Spotting Scope etc were located.

    Next set of images show the gun pits - these are the 1941 design and incorporated shelters for the gun crew.

    Image 1: One of the gun pits - the gun was on a mount bolted down in the centre of the pit with surrounding recesses for ammunition storage and two crew shelters
    Image 2: Two ammunition lockers (left and right recess) and entrance to one of the crew shelters (centre)
    Image 3: Entrance to one of the crew shelters
    Image 4: Interior of a crew shelter

    The final set of images show what remains of the Domestic camp (accommodation, ablutions etc)

    Image 1: BCF Hut
    Image 2: BCF Hut - only the frame remains of this one
    Image 3: Interior of the better preserved hut
    Image 4 &5 : Huts were located along the line of the hedge row and remains of the bases can still be seen.

    That's it for now and hope you don't mind the 'repeats' - would hate people to come to think of DP as the same as BBC 1 and BBC 2!!

  2. Thanks given by: cptpies, fluffy5518, jonney, Munchh, night crawler, oldscrote, RichCooper, tigger2, urban phantom
  4. #2
    Join Date
    March 2009
    Where ever the job takes me


    Nice one stop line, good to see the place after 2 years, at least the command post still looks tidy.

  5. #3
    Join Date
    December 2010


    Nice report mate thx I think thats the cleanest command post I've ever seen

  6. #4
    Join Date
    January 2009
    North Berkshire.


    Good work there my man.
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