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Report - Penketh 3.7" HAA Gun Emplacements August 07

Discussion in 'Military Sites' started by Stoka, Aug 29, 2007.

  1. Stoka

    Stoka 28DL Full Member
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    Jun 29, 2006
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    Visited here today as I was in the area and thought I would stop by. It's stupidly overgrown now compared to the Subbrit visit and theres a new fence separating some of the site.

    Pictures didn't come out as well as I thought but never mind. Like the ROC Posts, it's another crossed off the list.

    Heres a little bit of info courtesy of Subbrit;

    Six gun sites under the control of Frodsham were selected to take part in the trials. One of these sites was Penketh. The two WW2 magazines and generator house were reused but the original command post in the centre of the original four emplacements was replaced by a new building capable of accommodating the new No. 11 predictor. (An electro- mechanical 'computer', fed with radar data. After ballistic adjustments had been made i.e. (wind speed, temperature, air pressure etc.) it would predict a future position of the target which would be applied to the guns automatically as bearing, elevation, range and apply a fuse number to the automatic fuse setting machinery. Thus when fired the time of flight of the shell was taken into consideration and the shell should arrive at the same point as the target and at the same time.) This consisted on a long rectangular reinforced concrete building located some distance to the rear of the arc of four new emplacements. Two hard standings were also provided for the gun-laying radar.

    Heres the building that was last used as a hen farm

    Another view

    The water-tower, the only bit of the south-side of the camp left

    One of the magazine facilities

    Generator room

    Theres numerous bee boxes around the site but they don't seem to be active

    One of the WW2 gun emplacements

    Different angle

    From the top, you can kind of see the shape from this

    Command post?

    Several gun mounts

    One last picture, this time inside the main building. Stupidly stripped out.

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