Parsons Lodge Battery

Posted on November 19, 2020 / 76
Listing Type : Coastal Battery
Location : Gibraltar

Parson’s Lodge Battery was originally named 9th Rosia and mounted two 18-pdr and two 12-pdr smoothbore guns.  The Jones Report of 1841 advised the battery be upgraded to eight guns, probably 24-pdrs.  In 1873 as a result of the report by Colonel W.F.D. Jervois, the battery was completely remodelled to mount three 10-inch Rifled Muzzle Loaders, with protected magazines below.  These gun positions were not casemated and were like Engineer Battery in appearance. Two searchlights were also mounted on the cliff edge to the north of the battery.

The Battery area was significantly fortified during World War 2 with new weapons added.  It mounted four 6-pdr guns in tunnels underneath, as well as numerous machine guns and infantry positions.  A 40mm Bofors anti-aircraft gun was also mounted on the left hand of the RML positions.

Parsons Lodge was part of the City defences of Gibraltar, and an old defence wall stretches up the hill toward Buena Vista Barracks. On this stretch of wall are 10th and 11th Rosia Batteries.

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

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