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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Wanstone Farm Battery, Dover

Wanstone was the largest of Dover's WW2 coastal batteries. Two 15" guns were installed on the site, named 'Jane' and 'Clem'. The existing farm buildings were utilised, and a deep shelter, plotting room, guard room and many other buildings constructed. Ammunition for the guns was stored in four large bunkers, which were built above ground and then covered with earth. A 3.7" Anti Aircraft gun site is located North West of the main battery. The buildings of the battery survive in good condition, as the site is on private farm land but the whole area is very much overgrown.

This is on private farm land, any thanks to the owners who allowed access to the site.

Plan of Wanstone Battery

The battery guard room

Entrance to the guard room

Fireplace inside

Remaining bed

Blast wall over entrance to shelter

Looking into the chalk tunnel

Looking back to entrance

Concrete pillars which held camouflage netting over 'Jane'

One of the magazines for 'Jane'

Doors remaining at entrance to magazine

Passage inside

Entrance to the shell store

Looking inside the shell store

Looking back out

One of the AA Battery's gun positions

AA Battery magazine

Fire command post for the AA Battery

Collapsed Nissen Hut

Position of 'Clem'

Ventilation ducting from the shelter in the magazine for 'Clem'

Buried electrical Sub Station near the magazine for 'Clem'

Fuse boxes inside

3 comments:

BRIAN PAYNE said...

MY WIFE AND I USED TO VISIT THE SITE NOT LONG AFTER THE MILITARY LEFT IT AND INSDE THE 9-2" MAGAZINES WERE THE WOODEN SHAPED HALF ROUND RACKS FOR THE SHELLS TO REST ON.MOST WERE TAKEN BY THE "LOCALS" FOR FIREWOOD etc.IT WAS SEVERAL MONTHS BEFORE THEY FILLED THE GUN PITS IN AND THERE WAS A LOAD OF STUFF LYING ABOUT.
brianbrookespayne@gmail.com

Unknown said...

My father was stationed here in 48

vicarage said...

The National Trust have launched a campaign to buy 70 hectares including the battery and restore public access https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/appeal/urgent-white-cliffs-appeal