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Report - Spurn Point WW1/2 Barracks & Gun Emplacement - July 2011

Discussion in 'Military Sites' started by RJwakefield18, Aug 1, 2011.

  1. RJwakefield18

    RJwakefield18 28DL Full Member
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    Hi All,

    Visited the Spurn Point Defence Emplacements today, these are derelict buildings abandonded after the Second World War, the peninsula is still used by the RNLI Lifeboat Service and is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a protected coastline.

    Now the area is a nature reserve and everything is open access. Just pay your car parking fees and you have free roam of the area excluding the lifeboat & Piloting facilities..

    The site might not be the most interesting place to do urban exploration, but it gives a good area to practice photography, crawling, climbing, jumping, running and gettign through thick thorn bushes. :rolleyes:

    Visited With;
    Casper, TT & GemPie3.14...

    History:

    Spurn Point (which had previously been pretty much a wilderness with a small community of lighthouse keepers and lifeboatmen) was purchased by the War Department prior to the outbreak of the First World War with the intention of building fortifications to protect the Humber Estuary. A gun battery was duly built at the northern end of the peninsula at Kilnsea, with a more substantial fort and barracks at the southern tip; these were linked by a standard gauge railway line as no roads or tracks existed. At the southern end the railway ran on to a wooden jetty to allow materials to be unloaded from ships. Concrete sea defences were built to protect the fortifications and railway from coastal erosion. The two river forts at Bull and Haile Sands completed the defensive chain protecting the Humber.

    After the war the defences were placed in "care and maintenance"Â￾ and the guns removed from Spurn Fort. During the Second World War the forts defences were updated and expanded to include anti-aircraft defences and a concrete road was built to improve access.

    The defences were run down again after WW2 and following the abolition of Coastal Defence artillery in 1956 the land was sold to the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust as a nature reserve. The concrete sea wall was not maintained for cost reasons and was rapidly outflanked by the sea and has now been virtually destroyed - despite the constant threat from the sea the peninsula has not yet been severed. The lighthouse is no longer used but the community of lifeboatmen and Humber Pilots remain in residence.

    Many of the military buildings on Spurn have been demolished, though some of the more substantial ones remain. The whole area is greatly overgrown with Buckthorn bushes and drifting sand has effectively buried other remains...

    Equipment;
    Nikon D3, Nikon D70, Nikon D300, Kodak Z740.
    Using a variety of lenses and tripods, ranging from 10x long Zooms, Close Macro lenses & Wide Field Lenses

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    Thank you for looking :thumb

    Full set of photos available at;
    www.photobucket.com/RJwakefield18-SpurnPoint
     

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