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Sunday, August 02, 2009
New Needles Battery, Isle of Wight
This battery was built in the 1890s to replace the Old Needles Battery, further down the hillside. The emplacements were for three 9.2" Breech Loading guns, but it remained armed throughout the beginning of the 20th Century, until the end of WW2. It remains in good condition, and is under the care of the National Trust, although it is an open access site. The magazines contain a display of the battery's later use as the control rooms for a rocket testing site further down the hill.
The battery is open to the public, but sometimes closed in severe weather.
Plan, courtesy of the Palmerston Forts Society
One of the gun pits
Another view, magazine entrance is to the right
Range finder mounting with room under
Tunnel carrying a pipe at the rear of the battery
This gun pit now contains a coastguard tower
Far end of the battery
Looking into one of the unrestored magazines
Entrance to the restored magazines
Passage to magzines
Inside a magazines, with a model of the rocket and satellite