Shotley Point Battery

Shotley, Ipswich, UK
Posted on May 16, 2021 / 222
Listing Type : Coastal Battery
Location : England

Shotley Point Battery was built to a design of Colonel W.F.D. Jervois to mount fourteen 68-pdr guns covering the junction of the River Stow and River Orwell.  The battery had a brick Carnot wall with small projections for flanking fire.  Three guns were mounted on corners in barbette mounts, while the other eleven guns fired through embrasures.  The Armament for the Battery was:

  • 1863 14 x 68-pdr guns
  • 1873 14 x 7-inch RBL guns, three of these were en barbette on traversing  carriages
  • 1891 2 x 10-inch BL guns which saw the destruction of six old gun emplacements

The Battery was decommissioned in 1901 and the site was handed to the Admiralty in 1904 and it became a training establishment as H.M.S. Ganges

Much of the original battery has been destroyed or backfilled, but about one quarter of the gun line survives.

 

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