East Weare Batteries

East Weare Road, Portland, UK
Posted on June 10, 2023 / 3
Listing Type : Coastal Battery
Location : England

The East Weare group of Batteries lies on the lower slopes below the Verne Citadel in Portland.  Between 1862 and 1869 a total of five batteries were built here, armed with 9-inch and 10-inch RML guns.  A sixth battery was planned but never built.  These were designated as Batteries ‘A’ through to ‘E’.  In 1870 these five batteries mounted the following RML in barbette positions:

‘A’ BATTERY

(No,4)

Five 9-inch RML

Two 10-inch RML

‘B’ BATTERY

(No.3)

Two 9-inch RML

One 10-inch RML

‘C’ BATTERY

(No.5)

Two 9-inch RML

Two 10-inch RML

‘D’ BATTERY

(No.2)

Two 9-inch RML

One 10-inch RML

‘E’ BATTERY

(No.6)

Two 9-inch RML

One 10-inch RML

By 1888 it was decided that all the guns should be 10-inch RMLs on long range mountings.  By 1891 the armament had been reduced to:

‘A’ BATTERY

(No,4)

Four 10-inch RML

‘B’ BATTERY

(No.3)

Two 10-inch RML

‘C’ BATTERY

(No.5)

Two 10-inch RML

‘D’ BATTERY

(No.2)

Two 9-inch RML

‘E’ BATTERY

(No.6)

NIL

There was also a military prison built here, East Weare Camp, situated above the A and B Batteries.

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