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Report - St Margarets Deep Shelter (ZRocket) - Dover - November 2016

silentwalker

28DL Regular User
Regular User
#1
History
The battery at St Margaret's was one of the earliest to be established in the Dover area. Its four 5.5" guns came were former naval guns, coming from the secondary armament of the battlecruiser HMS Hood, replaced during a refit. They were thus spared the fate suffered by the Hood itself when she fell victim to the Bismarck in May 1941 during the Battle of the Denmark Strait. The guns however were soon outclassed by the heavier guns of nearby batteries and it was later used to decoy enemy shipping to change course and come into range of neighbouring batteries.

The battery was manned by four officers and 165 men of the 411 Bty Coast Defence, and to provide protection a deep shelter was dug for them by the Royal Engineers 171 Tunnelling Company. This had three entrances, two behind the guns which are now covered over, and a third close by. The first two lead 20m or so down to the shelter which consists of two roughly parallel tunnels, kinked at about 45 degrees for an unknown reason, which are linked by four short cross tunnels one of which is wider to allow it to be used as a medical station. These are lined with corrugated steel sheeting supported by colliery hoops in a similar manner to the other Dover gun battery deep shelters.

The Explore
Another place that has been on my list for years but other locations got the better of me and I kept putting it off, glad I finally got round to poking my head in. Visited with @Porker of the night . Great chilled out couple hours afternoon explore indeed. Not many pictures to be had in here as it isn't the largest of places but still a couple of nice photo opportunities.

On to the pictures,

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7. @Porker of the night
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Cheers for having a ganders :thumb
 

Wevsky

A Predisposed Tourist
Regular User
#2
Love Z rocket mate cant recall the amount of times we have popped back,small but you have got some good shots of the old girl