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Monday, December 13, 2010

Bowaters Farm AA Battery, East Tilbury

This battery is one of a number of Heavy Anti-Aircraft (HAA) batteries, built at the outbreak of the Second World War. The design was very similar, with concrete shell lockers around a central gun pit, and other related semi-sunken bunkers. Most batteries of this type have been demolished, but good remaining examples can be found in Dover, Portland and at Maker Heights near Plymouth. This battery is located on farm land, near East Tilbury. It was built in 1939 and originally mounted with four 3.7-inch guns then later upgraded to four 4.5-inch guns. Although complete, the site is now very overgrown and some of the bunkers are used as horse stables.

This is on private land, thanks to the owners for allowing access.

One of the gun pits

Entrance to the magazines

Inside

Another view

Another gun pit

Semi-sunken Control bunkers

Inside

Surface buildings

Another view

Inside, still retaining original paint

4 comments:

Charles said...

The architecture of this site is very similar to that of Farthingloe Battery in Dover, Kent

Anonymous said...

There are also emplacements for 5.25 guns in the wooded area, they show up on google maps.

Unknown said...

I want to go here but not sure who to ask if i can go iside any help?

Unknown said...

I want to go here but not sure who to ask if i can go iside any help?