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Wednesday, May 31, 2006

South Foreland Battery, Dover

South Foreland Battery occupied a key position on the White Cliffs between Dover and the village of St. Margaret's. It was built at the beginning of WW2 and consisted of four 9.2" guns on a large site with many auxiliary buildings. The majority of the surface buildings have now been demolished but many underground structures still survive. The magazines for No.1 and No.4 guns were located in underground reinforced concrete rooms; No.2 and No.3 guns were served by buried surface magazines. Two deep underground shelters were built in 1941 and take the form of long parallel tunnels accessed by inclined entrances on the surface, lined with corrugated steel sheeting throughout. Separate underground Fortress and Battery Plotting Rooms also exist on the site, but have been heavily vandalised. The site is now on open land and has been largely reclaimed by nature, although various fragments of concrete serve as reminders of the site's importance during the Second World War.

This battery is located on open land, with some interpretation boards explaining the site's wartime importance.  Entrances to underground workings grilled 2013, access continues to be available for interested groups, arranged through the key holders.

Update 13-02-14 -  I have been kindly supplied with some old photos of the battery prior to and during demolition, many thanks to Brian Brooks Payne.

 Deep Shelter 1 Entrance during demolition

 Now demolished battery buildings

 Deep Shelter 1 entrance

Inside the entrance

Plan of South Foreland Battery
Observation post on the cliff edge

Inside the first deep shelter

Air Filtration Trunking

Incline up to entrance
Entrance to the second Deep Shelter

Inside one of the two main passages

Junction of the tunnel

Passage to magazine for No.1 Gun

Entrance to Magazine


Ladder down to Fortress Plotting Room

Inside the Plotting Room

Passage to Emergency Escape Hatch
Air Filteration Plant

'Plotting Room' legend above door in Battery Plotting Room

Entrance to the Magazines for No.2 & No.3 Guns

Gun Position


Anonymous said...

Went there today(01/11/12)the fortress and battery plotting rooms are sealed,as are the deep shelter entrances,have been going here for 20 years plus,first time I've not been able to get in,don't understand why they have been sealed now?

Colin G said...

They have been gated by the Kent Underground Research group to protect them from being permanently sealed. If you speak to the right people, you will probably have a chance of a visit!

B.B.Payne said...

My wife and I used to explore the site just after the military left it and they left a large quantity of unused equipment in the tunnels ( which i must confess ) I "liberated" but in later years gave to various museums with photos taken at the time. The "Bruce" site had most left including ammo wagons and field telephone equipment .

brian said...

A further note to my comment, a lot of the larger "stuff" I had I gave to the people who publish the "after the battle" magazine along with photo's etc and they used quite a lot in article's in the "mag". They retained the items in a museum they had.
It was a good job I got the items when I did as travellers etc used to go and scavange for scrap metal

B.B.PAYNE said...

further note, I have now found "pics" I have of the "BRUCE" 8" high velocity site includind the ammo railway tracks and munition store. I will try and put them online


Canterbury Dave said...

There are demons in the bastion. I went in there with a broken leg that wouldn't knit together (I won't reveal how I got down there with a broken leg). When I came out my leg bone knitted back together (although this happened a considerable amount of time later, but still..)

I took several photos that show these demons and some ectoplasm, yet when I showed them to the 'Internet people', they all took the piss and said that I was experiencing Pareidolia.

This was utterly unacceptable so I decided to stop work on a book I was writing and I blamed the internet people for this.

I also decided that my main detractors were so utterly bereft of respect for my experiences that I thought it fair to try and obtain their identity and work details so I contact the DVLA and get their driving licences removed and also contact their employers in order to get them fired. They are atheists so deserve this anyway.

I didn't manage to get hold of their 'docs' so I settled for sending a creationist fiend of mine as paranoid as I am so that he in turn would tell lies about these internet people on the internet. I also made several videos with the faces of these atheists superimposed onto copulating apes and also including lots of fart noises.

That'll show 'em.

Robert said...

Ahhh the memories, my grand father took me down into this shelter back in the early 80's. These photographs of how it used to look are absolutely FANTASTIC, well done Brian for sharing these. They are great to see, happy memories.

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Unknown said...

Are they tunnels or building still there?

Unknown said...

Where is this at been visiting a lot of tunnels just recently and looking to walk around this site

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Anonymous said...

Hello mate they have been gated ffor while but you can still get access if your speak to the rite people Last year I spoke to a key holder and he allowed me and friend to look around I'm planning another visit soon if you want you can tag along