NZ5234 : Fairy Cove Gun Battery, Hartlepool Headland

taken 10 years ago, near to The Headland, Hartlepool, Great Britain

Fairy Cove Gun Battery, Hartlepool Headland
Fairy Cove Gun Battery, Hartlepool Headland
This was the site of the original Victorian Battery at Fairy Cove. Guns were first sited here around 1740 to protect Hartlepool's northern approach. In 1860, three new batteries were built: Lighthouse, Heugh and Fairy Cove. Barracks were also built in the style of a small castle on the other side of Sea View Terrace, now replaced by houses. Much of the original site has disappeared due to cliff erosion and building of the promenade.
The site remained in military use in the 20th Century and held a small range finder for the town's new 6 inch breech-loading batteries.
The 4.5 inch naval gun here now was used during the Second World War in a dual coastal and anti-aircraft role, one of 16 placed in batteries around Hartlepool. It could fire 54lb high explosive shells at a rate of 8 rounds per minute.
Fairy Cove takes its name from both natural and man-made caves found in this area and possibly used by smugglers.
Fairy Coves
These were described as circular excavations or cells near the north-east end of the Medieval town wall. They were said to be about 5 ft in diameter and about 12 ft above the shore, interconnected to allow human movement. They were presumably man-made, perhaps used as places of concealment and security. The site is now occupied by the modern sea-wall and promenade and only the place-name can be seen locally. LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Friday, 4 December, 2009   (more nearby)
Sunday, 6 December, 2009
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 5271 3429 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:42.0531N 1:11.0166W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 5271 3429
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Southwest (about 225 degrees)
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