Sunday, August 01, 2010

Puckpool Mortar Battery, Isle Of Wight

This battery was built in 1863 to defend the Eastern most part of the Solent between Ryde and Seaview at Puckpool Point, on the Isle of Wight. 30 13-inch mortars were orignally mounted at the battery, but this was later reduced, and by the beginning of the 20th Century they had been replaced by 10-inch and 11-inch Rifled Breech-Loading guns. The battery was last armed with 9.2-inch guns, which had be removed by the 1930s.


The emplacements remain in good condition, and form part of a public garden, but all of the magazines and associated rooms are locked to prevent access.


Plan, courtesy of the Palmerston Forts Society

View across the battery

9.2" emplacement

Magazine below

Inside one of the rooms

6-inch emplacement

Shell store below

Main magazine

Shell store

Looking inside

Armstrong Protected Gun on Barbette emplacement

Magazine for the above

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