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Report - Happisburgh gun battery, Norfolk, December 2011.

Vii Sins

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Built in 1940 to replace an earlier 6" battery that succumbed to cliff errosion and ended up in pieces on the beach. The battery as it stands today comprises of two shelters for 4.7" guns (the 24 bolt holdfasts are still in place, though the western one is very badly eroded), with subterranean magazines and crew shelters.

It's a very unprepossessing site at ground level, but has some interesting underground features.

The east gun shelter.
The covered stairs on the left lead down into the magazine. The open doorway on the right would have had similar covered stairs leading down to the tunnels that connect the gun platforms to the crew quarters. Those tunnel stairs form both shelters are blocked.
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Corridor from the east magazine looking back to the stairs.
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The east magazine.
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The west gun shelter.
The doorway to what was once the covered stairs down to the magazine.
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Corridor to the west magazine.
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The west magazine.
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The west tunnel form the gun shelter to the crew quarters.
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Crew quarters with bunk framework still in place. The doorway is to the west tunnel.
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Looking the other way, the doorway to the east tunnel.
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The end of the east tunnel close to the gun shelter.
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And looking back the other way to the crew quarters.
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The main entrance tunnel form the back of the crew quarters.
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The NCO quarters.
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Really enjoyed exploring this one, next stop Brancaster.
 

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