Princess Alexandra Battery

Posted on November 22, 2020 / 54
Listing Type : Coastal Battery
Location : Gibraltar

Princess Alexandra Battery

The battery was built at the landward end of the New Mole, which is now know as the South Mole or Admiralty Mole.  The Battery is built over the old New Mole Battery and enfilades Engineer Battery and Napier Magdalena Batteries which lie to the south.

The Battery was originally proposed in 1868 by Jervois and built between 1876 and 1878.  It mounted a singe 12.5-inch RML gun in an iron casemate and behind an iron shield with two gun ports.  The magazine was built in the old gun emplacement below of New Mole Battery.   By 1900 the whole complex was being used as barrack accommodation.

During World War 2 a 40-mm Bofors and 2-pdr Pom Pom were mounted on the top of the casemate for Anti-Aircraft defence, these positions can still be seen.

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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