Minefield Control Tower - Oban - April 2012

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There is a minefield control tower at Gallanach overlooking the Sound of Kerrera; it lies on the hillside on the south side of a caravan park.

This is an unusual building with only one other example still extant at Burnham on Crouch in Essex.

The building is a circular concrete structure with three stories. The bottom floor has two level loopholes and internally resembles a pillbox with two small rooms in the centre. There is a ladder up to the next floor which also has loopholes. There is a roof dome above with observation slits which is reached by a second ladder up to a steel landing, most of which has fallen away.


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Thanks for looking...
 

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looks in better nick than the burnham one, that is full of pidgeon crap, the metal bits in your pic are also missing from the burnham example, thanks for posting the pics.
 

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cracking find there I've wanted to see inside one if these for years, the one round here at Blyth is sealed. Thanks for posting
 

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Great report. There are actually four of these towers extant although only this one and the Burnham one are to a similar design. The others are at Tilbury Fort and Felixtowe docks. Anything smaller than these three level monsters is an XDO post.
 

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I Love these, they are so weird, but definitely very interesting, just imagine how long they would have taken to construct (any one have any idea how they were cast????)
 

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