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Report - Sandown Barrack Battery - Isle of Wight - Mar 09

Discussion in 'Military Sites' started by Truffle Pig, Jun 14, 2009.

  1. Truffle Pig

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    Ok, heres another battery me and Pinky visited back in May, this place Im not too clued up on, so Ill do my best.

    This place has been a garden as long as Ive known it, so its been partially demo'd for atleast 30yrs.
    They have left the main outer wall and carponiars, and some of the outer buildings, which have been turned into toilets and a cafe, the gun positions have been demo'd and turned into nice flower beds :confused
    More tech info and stuff can be found here ---> http://www.palmerstonforts.org.uk/pdf/sand2.pdf

    Here is a map of the site in 1938;
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    The bit marked barracks, is no longer there anymore, but the battery is to the right of it over the road in that big white patch.
    Im guessing they wouldnt have shown batteries on maps back then.

    Here is the same area but an up to date picture, Ive marked out the similar lines in red;
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    Here is a ariel view of said battery;
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    And a plan, from the above mentioned site;
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    And after some photoshopping, Ive overlayed the plan to get an idea of the layout of it;
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    After messing about with it all, I managed to find a way into the underground part of the battery, which I believe hasnt been accessed for quite sometime, due to access being very difficult, but me and Dan have managed it ;)
    Heres a few external shots.

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    Right, now onto the underground ones ;)

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    The Lamp Room.

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    One of the many old lights, that are still in this place.

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    Looking towards the magazine room

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    One of the shell lifts.

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    Winding handle and chain.

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    Issue hatch.

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    This is where a vetical shell lift would have been, but removed.

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    Shell lift.

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    Looking towards the filled shell store.

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    Inside the magazine, notice the light covers still in situ, glass broken tho :(
     
    #1 Truffle Pig, Jun 14, 2009
    Last edited: Jun 14, 2009

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