Western Kings 12-pdr Battery

Plymouth, UK
Posted on April 25, 2022 / 3
Listing Type : Coastal Battery
Location : England

The original battery on this site was built between 1861 and 1862 to mount nine guns in what was the old Western King Redoubt.  It was armed with 64-pdr guns.

Western Kings 12-pdr Quick Fire Battery was built between May 1898 and September 1898.  The cost of the QF Battery was £4,000.  This was a battery of seven 12-pdr Quick Fire guns and at least two Maxim Machine guns on the western side.  On the east side of the battery was an old position for four 64-pdr RML guns.  This old part of the 64-pdr battery is now a car park.  The remaining five 64-pdr guns of the original battery were built over with the new 12-pdr QF Battery.

On the right hand (west) side of the 12-pdr gun emplacements there are the remains of two mounts for Maxim Machine Guns.

This battery was adjacent to the Devil’s Point Battery with two 12-pdr QF guns.

National Archives WO 78/5046

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