Engineer Battery

Posted on December 24, 2020 / 63
Listing Type : Coastal Battery
Location : Gibraltar

Initially armed with two 32-pdr (1834) it was upgraded to one 56-pdr in 1850 and then in 1859 a single 68-pdr gun was mounted.  Based on recommendations made by Colonel W.F.D. Jervois in his 1896 report it was then to mount a single 9-inch RML in an open embrasure that was protected to the front by an iron shield (Gibraltar Shield).  The battery was in the end armed with a 10-inch 18 ton RML in 1875. The RML battery had a magazine and associated works, some of which still stand to the rear and below the battery.

This 10-inch RML was to remain in place until 1896 when a three gun 12-pdr 18-cwt Q.F. Battery was built on the site, although heavily modified in World War 2.

During World War 2 a 3.7-inch anti-aircraft Battery was built around this site, with extensive underground works to the rear.  Although the iron shield remains, much of the original battery has been lost under a new block of residential flats.

The other 10-inch RML gun batteries in Gibraltar are:

The other 12-pdr 18-cwt gun batteries in Gibraltar were at:

The UK National Archives references

  1. WO 78/5277
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