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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Centre Bastion Martello Battery, Sheerness

This battery, also known as 'Martello Battery' is located on the Centre Bastion of Sheerness-On-Sea defensive Lines. The site was originally mounted with guns in the 17th Century which were replaced by four Breech-Loading Guns at the end of the 19th Century, the magazines of which still survive. In around 1919, it was decided that new Quick-Firing Guns be installed on the Bastion, which were mounted on Martello style towers, with ammunition storage in the lower levels. A third tower, disguised as a house (with a chimney and slate roof) was also built as an Battery Observation Post. The battery was disarmed by WW2 but the towers were used by the Navy as Observation Posts, No.2 Tower being designated as a Minefield Control Tower. The towers themselves are now within the boundary of Sheerness Docks, but can be seen from the outside, as can other gun emplacements, searchlights and the nearby Albemarle Battery & Garrison Point Fort.

This battery is located within Sheerness Docks, but can be seen from the beach.

Looking from No.1 Bastion to Centre Bastion

Salient point of the Centre Bastion

The Three Towers

No.1 Gun Tower

No.1 Tower & BOP behind

No.2 Tower (later Minefield Control Tower)

Another view of BOP

WW2 Gun Emplacement on nearby No.1 Bastion

WW2 Searchlight on the Lines

Nearby Albemarle Battery


Anonymous said...

We've been here and it was a really spooky place inside some of these buildings.

Anonymous said...

there are tunnels in side this location i went threw them when i was younger.

Anonymous said...

we would like to do a investigation there who do we need to contact about doing a ghost hunt night there thamks dave

Anonymous said...

Nobody died there,mabe a few gull ghosts mabe roostin