Hardings Battery

Posted on December 23, 2020 / 73
Listing Type : Coastal Battery
Location : Gibraltar

Harding’s Battery,  sometimes called Harding’s Fort, was name after the Chief Engineer in Gibraltar in 1844.  It was constructed over the site of what had been the 7th Europa Battery.

The battery was originally armed with two 24-pdr but in 1863  was upgraded to two 32-pdr.

In 1868 Colonel W.F.D. Jervois made a review of the fortifications of Gibraltar, and many other British Ports throughout the World,  He made a number of recommendations in respect of new coastal batteries and defences.  One recommendation was to mount a 12.5-inch RML at this location.

In 1877 work commenced on the New Harding Battery which was built to accommodate a 12.5 ins RML gun.  The shell and cartridge store are immediately below the gun, with the usual lighting passage. The gun was mounted in 1878.  Between 1st September 1889 and 23rd September 1891 the parapet was strengthened and a depression range finder built at the battery.

The site was renovated in 2014 and is in excellent condition.

Records for 1940 show there was a searchlight here AA DEL No. Q6 Europa Point (Harding’s Battery).  A Boford 40-mm AA gun was mounted nearby.

The other 12.5-inch RML guns in Gibraltar were at the following locations.

King’s Bastion, Princess Alexandra Battery, Wellington Front and Zoca Flank had the gun mounted behind a curved iron shield with two apertures for firing.

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