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Coastal Battery Collection

"Guardians of the Coast: Exploring Britain's Coastal Batteries" From Spurn Point to Hurst Castle, our coastal batteries stand as silent sentinels

Background imageCoastal Battery Collection: Spurn Point 28502_004

Spurn Point 28502_004
Spurn Point Coastal Battery and Nature Reserve, Spurn Point, East Riding of Yorkshire 2014

Background imageCoastal Battery Collection: Fort Monckton 33561_020

Fort Monckton 33561_020
Fort Monckton, Hampshire, 2018. A bastioned artillery fort. SZ6197

Background imageCoastal Battery Collection: Browndown Battery 33560_013

Browndown Battery 33560_013
Browndown Battery, Gosport, Hampshire, 2018. SZ5898

Background imageCoastal Battery Collection: Coastal erosion 34109_042

Coastal erosion 34109_042
Fort Godwin coastal battery severely damaged by coastal erosion, near Kilnsea, East Riding of Yorkshire, 2019

Background imageCoastal Battery Collection: Hurst Castle 35068_070

Hurst Castle 35068_070
Hurst Castle, Hampshire, 2021. Remedial works at a storm damaged Hurst Castle

Background imageCoastal Battery Collection: Puckpool mortar battery 33889_002

Puckpool mortar battery 33889_002
Puckpool mortar battery, Isle of Wight, 2020

Background imageCoastal Battery Collection: Stokes Bay Battery 33562_003

Stokes Bay Battery 33562_003
Stokes Bay No. 2 Battery, Hampshire, 2018. A former gun battery of c1860 built as part of the Stokes Bay defences. SZ5898

Background imageCoastal Battery Collection: Fort Gilkicker 33561_012

Fort Gilkicker 33561_012
Fort Gilkicker, Hampshire, 2018. A semi-circular casemated coastal battery. SZ6097

Background imageCoastal Battery Collection: Browndown Battery 33560_011

Browndown Battery 33560_011
Browndown Battery, Gosport, Hampshire, 2018. SZ5898

Background imageCoastal Battery Collection: Fort Gilkicker 33562_022

Fort Gilkicker 33562_022
Fort Gilkicker, Hampshire, 2018. A semi-circular casemated coastal battery. SZ6097

Background imageCoastal Battery Collection: Weymouth Pier 29827_025

Weymouth Pier 29827_025
Weymouth Pier, Dorset, 2016. Both a pleasure and commercial pier, housing the Pavilion Theatre and a former cross Channel ferry terminal, with Nothe Fort in the background. SY6878

Background imageCoastal Battery Collection: German gunners defending a coastal battery in the Ruhr against RAF bombers, 2-6 June

German gunners defending a coastal battery in the Ruhr against RAF bombers, 2-6 June, 1940 during World War Two. From The War in Pictures, First Year

Background imageCoastal Battery Collection: President Loubet of France visiting Tunisia (colour litho)

President Loubet of France visiting Tunisia (colour litho)
2782376 President Loubet of France visiting Tunisia (colour litho) by French School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: President Loubet of France visiting Tunisia)

Background imageCoastal Battery Collection: Soldiers manning one of the thousands of coastal defence guns against possible German

Soldiers manning one of the thousands of coastal defence guns against possible German invaders somewhere in England during the Second World War. August 1940

Background imageCoastal Battery Collection: Coastal erosion at Fort Godwin 28503_001

Coastal erosion at Fort Godwin 28503_001
Fort Godwin coastal battery severely damaged by coastal erosion and collapsed on to the beach, near Kilnsea, East Riding of Yorkshire, 2014

Background imageCoastal Battery Collection: Coalhouse Fort DP182466

Coalhouse Fort DP182466
Coalhouse Fort, East Tilbury, Thurrock, Essex. The fort, looking north-west from the far bank of the water-filled ditch on its east side. Photographed in July 2016

Background imageCoastal Battery Collection: Battle Livorno 14 March 1653 event First English Sea War

Battle Livorno 14 March 1653 event First English Sea War
The Battle near Livorno (14 March 1653), The Battle of Livorno, 14 March 1653, event from the First English Sea War. A sea battle between the Dutch

Background imageCoastal Battery Collection: Spurn Point 28502_009

Spurn Point 28502_009
Spurn disused lighthouse and remains of Spurn Point Coastal Battery, Spurn Point, East Riding of Yorkshire 2014

Background imageCoastal Battery Collection: Spurn Point 28502_013

Spurn Point 28502_013
Part of the Coastal Defence Battery at Spurn Point, East Riding of Yorkshire 2014

Background imageCoastal Battery Collection: Soldiers in a coastal battery, Henri Adolphe Schaep, 1841 - 1870

Soldiers in a coastal battery, Henri Adolphe Schaep, 1841 - 1870



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"Guardians of the Coast: Exploring Britain's Coastal Batteries" From Spurn Point to Hurst Castle, our coastal batteries stand as silent sentinels, witnessing the relentless power of nature and human history. 🌊⚓️ At Fort Godwin, we witness the fierce battle between man-made fortifications and the unyielding force of coastal erosion. The crumbling walls serve as a reminder that even the mightiest structures succumb to time's embrace. Coalhouse Fort stands tall against the backdrop of changing tides, its cannons once ready to defend against unseen enemies lurking on the horizon. Today, it serves as a testament to resilience in an ever-changing world. Fort Monckton exudes an air of mystery with its weathered facade and hidden secrets buried within its labyrinthine tunnels. It whispers tales from bygone eras when soldiers stood guard over these shores. The haunting beauty captured in photographs like Coastal Erosion 34109_042 reminds us that Mother Nature is both creator and destroyer. She shapes our coastlines with her powerful waves while simultaneously reclaiming what was once hers. Puckpool Mortar Battery tells a story of innovation amidst conflict - a relic from World War II where mortars were aimed skyward towards potential invaders. Now standing peacefully among lush greenery, it serves as a poignant reminder of past struggles for freedom. Stokes Bay Battery proudly displays its military heritage through rusted cannons pointing out towards sea horizons yet untamed. These guns once echoed across waters during times when defense was paramount. Fort Gilkicker stands resolute against crashing waves; its imposing structure evoking memories of battles fought long ago. Its solid walls bear witness to centuries gone by and continue to inspire awe in all who visit this historic site. Browndown Battery beckons adventurers with remnants scattered along sandy beaches - echoes from conflicts past fading into obscurity but never forgotten entirely. These silent ruins remind us of the sacrifices made to protect our shores.