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SHOEBURYNESS FORT


SHOEBURYNESS FORT
Photo Charles Taylor

The site was started at the outbreak of the Crimean War in 1854, and has been used by the British School of Gunnery since 1859 as a training and experimental base for the army. It was re-armed during World War 2, but it was sold off for housing in 2000.

The two experimental casements built in 1872-3 contained two 12.5 inch 38 tonne Rifled Muzzle Loading guns until 1881 when one was modified to mount the new 12 inch Breech Loading guns. It was adapted into a Light Quick Firing Battery twenty years later.

The Heavy Quick Firing Battery was built in 1899 and used two 6 inch and two 4.7 inch quick firing guns on the top of the building.

The gun pit was constructed in the 1880s and mounted a 9 inch High Angle Rifled Muzzle Loading gun.


Heavy Quick Firing Battery photo Charles Taylor Heavy Quick Firing Battery photo Charles Taylor Heavy Quick Firing Battery photo Charles Taylor Heavy Quick Firing Battery photo Charles Taylor
Light Quick Firing Battery photo Charles Taylor Light Quick Firing Battery photo Charles Taylor Gun Pit photo Charles Taylor Gun Pit photo Charles Taylor

 

Directions
On the eastern seafront at Southend, at the end of the A13.
Shoeburyness, Essex SS3 9BY

 



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