Wednesday, 10 June 2009

Blyth Battery

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Blyth Battery, located on South Beach, Blyth, was originally built in August 1916 to defend the beach against enemy landings and also to protect the submarine depot ship Titania at the nearby port of Blyth.. It was not completed until February 1918, the last year of the First World War . It housed two six inch guns and two search lights, manned by the Tynemouth Royal Garrison Artillery.
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In 1925 two of the buildings were converted into public toilets but in March 1940 the battery was recommissioned to help ward off the Nazi threat; it was manned by 510 Coast Regiment R.A (TA) and towards the end of the war by the Home Guard . The Battery’s buildings are listed Grade II and have recently been painted pink by the Local Authority, a colour that would have raised eyebrows amongst the troops who once manned the battery in defence of the realm.
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4 comments:

  1. Hm, Strawberry House and a pink Battery. Is a trend developing here?

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  2. Z, probably not as there are not many places of that hue in the North-East

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  3. Great lines and shadows and colors!

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