A large part of the former MOD land at Shoeburyness has now become residential, which has meant that some interesting military defences on the seafront have become accessible. Close to the old Gunnery School, is a Quick Fire Battery, which was mounted with two Breech Loading and two Quick Firing guns. The magazines were located at ground level in a large concrete structure and the guns were placed on the top Adjacent to the QF battery, an experimental gun emplacement can be found, as well as other gun mountings and a pair of CASL (Coastal Artillery Search Lights). Unfortunately, due to the now open position of these structures, they have been heavily vandalised.
Update 2011: the battery has now been sealed to prevent further damage, but can be seen from the outside.
The QF Battery