Gloucester HAA Battery, Blyth Northumberland

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    Post by Jonney, 2011: Labelled map of the site and many photographs of the structures. ".....During WW2 Blyth harbour was used as a major submarine base and that combined with the heavy industry in the area it made a very good target for the Luftwaffe. Blyth also has a long stretch of beach that was suitable as a landing area for enemy troops and is backed by rural countryside ideal for an airborne invasion, which is why there were so many defences in the area. The farmer told me that a couple of years ago the local council wanted to demolish the site and redevelop it but there was a local outcry and now English Heritage are involved and are trying to get the site listed as buildings of historical value. He also told me that he has chased quite a few “visitors” away lately and he would have chased me if I hadn’t gone and asked him for permission first. Turns out he is a really nice guy. This is a gun position built during World War II It was one of three Heavy Batteries built to defend Blyth from attack by the German navy, though it also had anti-aircraft guns...."
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    Resource type: Text/Website
    Added by: Pat Thomson
    Last modified: 6 years, 6 months ago
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