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Report - Beacon Hill Battery, Essex Feb 2018



Leezed

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So here is our 1st report, please go easy on us as this is a first for us. We a small team of explorers and have been doing it a very long time (before internet) but never posted as we never got round to it.

On this I wouldn’t say it was our 1st more like 50th, Not too much to say on the explore unfortunately. We set of to the north end of Essex to take a look at a awesome place we knew about for a wile. Entry was not that hard if you know what to look for ;) please don’t ask us on how we enter sites.

A bit of history now...

The first fortification built on the site was a blockhouse, constructed in 1534 during the reign of Henry VIII. This site was abandoned within ten years. After the death of Henry VIII the site was rearmed. By 1625 the site had again fallen into disrepair and Harwich was considered to be defenceless.

The site remained out of use until a redoubt of ten guns was built in 1810. In 1862 these guns were upgraded as a result of the 1860 Royal Commission on the Defence of the United Kingdom.

By the 1880s the fort was considered outdated and in 1889 work began on a totally new fort, which was completed in 1892. [1]After World War I the fort was disarmed and sold. In 1940 the was bought back into service as a consequence of World War II and a twin 6 Pounder gun position and director tower were built. It became known as Cornwallis Battery. It was manned by men of the 515th Coast Regiment, Royal Artillery.

The fort was finally decommissioned in 1956 on the dissolution of coast artillery in the United Kingdom.

According to a report in the Metro (British newspaper) on 26 September 2014, the World War II radar tower at the fort was the least-visited attraction in Great Britain in 2013. There were 6 visitors.[citation needed]

Now on to the photos we managed to take during our visit. Back a few years now I would say..


The site remained out of use until a redoubt of ten guns was built in 1810. In 1862 these guns were upgraded as a result of the 1860 Royal Commission on the Defence of the United Kingdom.

By the 1880s the fort was considered outdated and in 1889 work began on a totally new fort, which was completed in 1892. [1]After World War I the fort was disarmed and sold. In 1940 the was bought back into service as a consequence of World War II and a twin 6 Pounder gun position and director tower were built. It became known as Cornwallis Battery. It was manned by men of the 515th Coast Regiment, Royal Artillery.

The fort was finally decommissioned in 1956 on the dissolution of coast artillery in the United Kingdom.

According to a report in the Metro (British newspaper) on 26 September 2014, the World War II radar tower at the fort was the least-visited attraction in Great Britain in 2013. There were 6 visitors.[citation needed]



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Thank you for looking. We hope to bring you along with us on our explores from now on!
And once we figure this posting out. Some better content also!
 

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Beacon Hill Fort

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Hi we have now bought Beacon Hill fort and are preserving the site, all roadways, buildings, tunnels etc are being cleared and repaired it will be returned to look like it did in the 1940s but it will not be a static museum it will be for want of a better saying a community hub for use by the town it is hoped to have a multitude of uses but be able to be used as a film set if needed. any one is welcome to visit explore (no need to break in now) come and film take photos etc. you can even volunteer to do some clearing up....we have lots of information but always want to know more about her history.... please visit and join our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/221891288365384/
website will be up and running soon. thank you.........to be clear we are not destroying anything and will not be building anything new facebook link doesn't appear to work so just search Beacon hill fort harwich on facebook
 

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