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Friday, July 24, 2009
Old Needles Battery, Isle of Wight
This battery is located on the angular point of cliffs above the Needles. It is protected by a dry ditch at the rear and the entrance is via a bridge. The battery was constructed in the 1860s and originally armed with six 7-inch Rifled Breach Loading guns and later had 9 and 10-inch Rifled Muzzle Loading guns installed. The barracks have unfortunately been demolished, but the gun positions, magazines and a searchlight position still remain.
The battery is managed by the National Trust and is open to the public.
Plan, courtesy of the Palmerston Forts Society
Entrance, from the drawbridge
View of the fort from the Tereplein
One of the mounted guns
Looking back to the entrance
Spiral staircase leading down to the 1899 searchlight position
Tunnel leading to the searchlight
Looking back to staircase
View of the Needles from the searchlight
Looking back to the tunnel
Main cartridge Store in the battery
The ditch wall, which is slowly collapsing into the sea