Military In Alnmouth, Northumberland
An old gun battery from the 19th century and reused in WW2.
If you're having a saunter on Alnmouth beach then look out for this old gun battery on the links. It was built by the Duke of Northumberland in 1881 for the use of the Percy Artillery Volunteers and was constructed due to the threat of invasion from the French.
The battery is L-shaped with a small rectangular room and an ammunition store built below ground level. Above ground is a turret which was aletred during Word War II (1939-45) and a pillbox built in its place. The turret originaly used to hold a pair of cannons.
The inscription on the plaque commemorates the Duke's gift and reads - This Battery was erected by His Grace Algernon Duke of Northumberland K.G. for the use of the Percy Artillery Volunteers completed 12th March 1881.
It is now a grade II listed building.
All photographs kindly supplied by Paul Brunt.
The Fabulous North team had a saunter up the battery during the Jubilee weekend and of course we took way too many photos!
Head down the steps for a look inside the bottom floor.
Then up to the top floor for a mooch around.
Back outside again for a few final shots.
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Follow the track direct from the car park to the battery. Use the map to ensure you are on the right path. Just a few minutes walk.
Place contributed by Simon Hawkins
Thanks for checking out this place on the Fabulous North! I do enjoy a wander out in to the countryside trying to find hidden gems that not many people know about. You can't beat a rogue Pele tower up a remote hill or a mysterious stone circle or a stunning waterfall secluded in a forest.
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