Saint Pauls Battery

Posted on January 16, 2021 / 29
Listing Type : Coastal Battery
Location : Malta

St Paul’s Battery was built between 1881 and 1886 at a height of 350 metres to dominate the Eastern approaches from St Thomas Bay.  The battery is shaped roughly like a ‘D’ with a dry moat around except for the gorge.  The works were built to mount three 64-pdr RML guns on ‘C’ pivots with an underground magazine in the centre of the Battery.

While still being built, the decision was made to replace the 64-pdr RML guns with three 7-inch 6.5-ton RML guns in barbette mounts.

In 1885 proposals were made to mount two 6-pdr Q.F. guns here but this was dropped.  By 1900, with the introduction of breach loading guns, St Paul’s battery was decommissioned.

The battery makes interesting used of dressed stone and early concrete.  The tops of the gun emplacements are covered in concrete and parts of the dry moat are also face with concrete,

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