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Battery 2 - Stokes Bay - Subterranean Munitions Areas - Gosport - May 2014

Discussion in 'Underground Sites' started by Els, May 9, 2014.

  1. Els

    Els Obsessed with BS7671
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    An organised visit by permission of the Diving Museum who currently reside in the old munitions storage areas below the remains of the gun turrets. The areas shown in the pictures below and access to the turrets are not available to the public so thanks to Sub-Brit for organising the visit.

    A full history can be found here but in brief several of these batteries where built along the coast to protect from French invasion during the mid 18th century. This battery is about the only one to survive in reasonable condition and lastly saw service as a Nuclear Defence bunker during the 1980's. It is now grade two listed.

    OUTSIDE

    General view of the remaining gun emplacements.

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    Gun emplacement.

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    INSIDE

    A room used for general storage that contains the entrance to the munition
    bunkers.

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    A set of stairs leads down the bunker between the gun emplacements.

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    Which drops into this corridor with a door leading off...

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    ...into this room. Not sure what the low, partly filled in door frames are about. This area must have once been accessible to the public given the amount of early 80's graff about

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    Elegant detail on the vent grills.

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    Then it's back up a short flight of stairs to the area's at the back of the
    battery.

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    Along the stairs where these small, filled in mystery “windows”.

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    The “back area” of the battery.

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    And then this small room tucked in just behind.

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    The last room in this area contains the old air purifying equipment, perhaps left over from it's days a nuclear bunker.

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    Note the instructions in French...?

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  2. Lenston

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    Really intereseting this mate, looks a good mooch
     
  3. The Kwan

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    Right up my street this, decent photies and a fascinating place, thanks for sharing it.
     
  4. Coxieboy

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    Cracking report
     
  5. Wevsky

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    This is rather splendid mate :thumb

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  6. soylent green

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    Fantastic report , Great to see this:thumb
     
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    I like it mate! Thanks.
     
  8. mrg9999

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    We were asked by the museum, not to post images of the caravan site or its occupants, as taken from the top of the bunker. I'd either crop or remove it. The reset are excellent.
     
  9. Els

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    Well no one said anything to me and I made a point to ask, but anyway I've edited out the caravans.
     
  10. Wevsky

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    lovely bit of editing..cant even see the join ;)
     
  11. wellingtonian

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    Really interesting report. Nice snaps.
     
  12. the126

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    Nice shots there Els, all my shots ended up with loads of people in! I didnt realise other bods from here would be there couldve said hi ( well, probably did at some point without knowing :D ).
     
  13. Ojay

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    Should have given me a shout, could have reclaimed my head torch
     
  14. the126

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    Oh crap yeah
     
  15. Ojay

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    I'll sort something next week
     
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