- Mar 14, 2009
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This coastal defence battery is a rare survival in Norfolk, and consists of a magazine, left-hand gunhouse, battery observation post, right-hand gunhouse and a close defence blockhouse. The battery observation post, a tall three-story tower of brick, is thought to be a unique example in Norfolk. This site was known as King's Lynn battery, and was in action between 1940-1943. As the threat of invasion in this area decreased, the guns were moved to Northumberland.
A lot of the site is heavily buried in undergrowth, so was a bit of a nightmare to photograph. I nearly missed one block entirely and wouldn't have noticed it if it hadn't been for another couple of WW2 defence enthusiasts turning up whilst I was there. I'm a bit puzzled as to exactly which buildings were the gun houses. Various information online suggests they're building 4, but for this to be the case, the guns would have had to be mounted on top. I climbed onto the roof and the walls were flush, so there hasn't been a higher curtain wall removed and the roof didn't seem anywhere near substantial enough to support firing guns I'm inclined to think that building 2 is one gun house and that another is either buried even further in the undergrowth or removed, unless anyone can tell me otherwise?
Battery observation post
The 3rd floor is still intact, but the second has gone which, disappointingly, means you can't climb to the top.
Disconcerting bend in the roof, suggesting the concrete is starting to fail, but it doesn't show up particularly well in the photo!
Entrance blast wall has collapsed, but steps remain up the side to gun position on the roof.
On the opposite side of the tower, was all but invisible beneath undergrowth. Inside, the roof has corrugations from construction.
Trough in floor and a channel for something. In the left hand wall, there's a square cutout, which lines up exactly with an identical one in the opposite alcove?
Any expert insights much appreciated!