Alnmouth Battery

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jonney

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Went for a mooch about in Alnmouth at the weekend and took some photo's of the battery there. Firstly a breif history of the place.

This artillery battery was originally built in 1881 by the Duke of Northumberland for the use of the Percy Artillery Volunteers to counter the threat of invasion from the French. An inscribed plaque on the front is difficult to read but commemorates the Duke's gift. The building is L shaped and has a small rectangular room and an ammunition store built below ground level. The turret was altered during the Second World War and a pillbox built in it's place. It is now a grade II listed building. The turret originaly used to hold a pair of cannons.

The inscription on the plaque reads "This Battery was erected by His Grace Algernon Duke of Northumberland K.G. for the use of the Percy Artillery Volunteers completed 12th March 1881".

Anyway on with the pics...

What the **** is that...

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Ahhhhh that what it is...

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The steps down to the ammo store

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Internal Shots

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Into the ammo storage area

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I appologise for the picture quality as it was pitch black in there so the photo's are took using the flash

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any ideas what these holes are as they were all over this place and seemed to be connected

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2 holes in the roof of the ammo store coresponding to the location of where the turret would have been

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Then back outside for some embrasure shots...

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And finally on to the pillbox on top. The only access to this was to climb up from the right hand side next to the aircraft post/range finder enclosure. The plaque at the doorway

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first look inside (the step down is about 18" to 24")

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Left side of the richote wall

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right hand side (notice the holes in the floor on the second pic that go down into the ammo store)

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tin sheeting roof

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And lastly a view from the top looking over Alnmouth bay

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I also took some photo's of some of the 100+ tank blocks that litter the place but I won't bore you with them

Thanks for looking


Jon
 

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nice one jonney good example there m8 good pics and nice nugget of history.:lol:
 

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Excellent report but what a shame the pillbox was built but no doubt in time of war these things are nessacery. Some great photo's and I don't mind being bored with a few road blocks.:)
 

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Excellent report but what a shame the pillbox was built but no doubt in time of war these things are nessacery. Some great photo's and I don't mind being bored with a few road blocks.:)


Ok NC just for you. The first ones blocked the path to the battery

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