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Report - Stallingbrough batteries



whittyboy

another yorkshire folk
28DL Full Member
#1
visited here today with Mr Miyagi, quite a nice day for this one and acting on a word of mouth and google earth we found this spot tucked away hidden in a wood near stallingbrough in lincolnshire,
surprisingly the place is still pretty well kept considering its age and prob down to its hidden location.
I quote a piece off the internet that “It’s completely hidden in a small wood, the Ministry of Defence planted a load of trees all around it years ago to obscure it” by all accounts this site housed the largest (heaviest) guns outside Dover. and now the bit of history again down to our good and sometimes trusted friend the internet.

Stallingborough Battery was built as part of the Humber estuary's coastal defence system. The coastal battery opened in 1915 and by February 1916 was equipped with two 6-inch breech-loading Mk. VII guns. The guns were removed in 1919 and the site abandoned in 1926. The battery was reused during the Second World War and fitted with a pair of 4.7-inch quick-firing guns and two searchlights for close defence. Stallingborough was disused sometime between 1943 and 1945.

The emplacements on are all that is left of an anti-aircraft battery. It once had the smaller 3.75″ (iirc) guns as well as the larger 5.25″ guns which sat on the emplacments which are still there. Both sets of guns had ammunition stores, concrete emplacments, command posts (the underground bunker thing), and shared a Radar and Nissen hut style barracking. The stables near the emplacments are the former guard room and ammunition store for the 5.25″ emplacments; behind them, buried under loads of brambles, is a Cold War Royal Observer Core underground monitoring post, these bunkers would have monitored nuclear fallout should the worst happen

this site is across the humber from the site at sunk island and was used in conjunction with this as part of the coastal defence system.
the history on this place is very extensive and i could put loads on but i suggest google it for more info.

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site looms up at you through the woods

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one of the gun emplacements

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entrance leading to underground section

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nature is taking over and the ground is coming in now

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long tunnel ends at a set of heavy metal double doors

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stalagtites was nice and all over every roof joint

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no way out of these doors, can only imagine what has passed through these over the years

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another emplacement a bit more overgrown this one

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underground look out point

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looking down into the look out point, very deep with water at the bottom

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looking inside another underground chamber, water was way to deep to wade into

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tea anyone

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entrance to emplacment number 3

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can you see how thick the reebars are

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every where you turn another structure shows itself

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and another entrance

i have lots more photos, far to many to put on, i know Mr Miyagi is going to put his on to, which are different to mine so look out for it please.

we could have spent lots more time here just looking round, every turn something new comes into view, all in all a good visit i think:popcorn
 

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