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Video Report - Roberts battery 2016. Huge WW1 bunker complex

Discussion in 'Underground Sites' started by Liarco2001, Sep 11, 2016.

  1. Liarco2001

    Liarco2001 Teaching the boy to explore
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    Initial explore into a Huge bunker WW1 coastal defence. Only managed to gain access to the top 2 floors which I think was some kind of boiler house or maintainance area as there are holes for pipes or such like. Any further access to the main bunker is going to require some serious digging.

    Roberts Battery was one of a pair of coastal batteries known as the Tyne Turrets that were built to house 12 inch guns removed from the warship HMS Illustrious. Completed in 1921 the battery comprised the guns mounted in a turret, with a reinforced concrete underground complex. Between 1925 to 1926 the battery was closed and hardware sold for scrap. Aerial photography from 1994 shows earthwork remains at the cliff edge. Part of the track layout is visible and the remains of a linear embrasure are located at NZ 3424 7614. A large, circular emplacement at NZ 3426 7614 is now filled in and only a slight depression is visible. The second turreted battery was Kitchener Battery.

    Having been hunting for information on this site I spent a lot of time on foot in a field looking for an entrance as the old cliff entrance has been completely blocked. Eventually having found one I had to dig it out a bit and me and my some went back at night to have a look.

    Not the best videos but hopefully you'll get the point.

    #1 Liarco2001, Sep 11, 2016
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2016

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