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Monument Number 1546504

Hob Uid: 1546504
Location :
Medway
Cooling
Grid Ref : TQ7586774028
Summary : A gun emplacement or searchlight battery, probably dating to the Second World War or possibly the First World War, visible as earthworks on aerial photographs and mapped as part of the English Heritage: Hoo Peninsula Landscape Project. The site comprises three small circular emplacements, located adjacent to the southern gun emplacement of the Lodge Hill anti aircraft battery of the First World War (Monument 1442424). The earthworks appear as fairly slight features on photographs taken in 1944, suggesting features whose use was either temporary or of short duration, or which had been constructed in the more distant past. They could have provided footings for an anti aircraft battery or searchlight battery dating to earlier in the Second World War and associated with a defended locality of that period (Monument 1546483). Alternatively, they could possibly have been associated with temporary anti aircraft cover early in 1913, before the construction of the permanent structures associated with Lodge Hill anti aircraft battery (Monument 1442424). This installation probably formed part of the defences of both Lodge Hill Ordnance Depot (Monument 1077634) and the Hoo Stop Line (Monument 1542577 and 1542687). A German map of 1940 bears a machine gun or anti aircraft gun symbol at roughly this location, but the symbol could refer to the First World War site.
More information : TQ 7586 7403. A gun emplacement or searchlight battery, probably dating to the Second World War or possibly the First World War, visible as earthworks on aerial photographs and mapped as part of the English Heritage: Hoo Peninsula Landscape Project. The site comprises three small circular emplacements with diameters of between 5m and 7m, located adjacent to the southern gun emplacement of the Lodge Hill anti aircraft battery of the First World War (Monument 1442424). The earthworks appear as fairly slight features on photographs taken in 1944, suggesting features whose use was either temporary or of short duration, or which had been constructed in the more distant past. They could have provided footings for an anti aircraft battery or searchlight battery dating to earlier in the Second World War and associated with a defended locality of that period (Monument 1546483). Alternatively, they could possibly have been associated with temporary anti aircraft cover early in 1913, before the construction of the permanent structures associated with Lodge Hill anti aircraft battery (Monument 1442424). This installation probably formed part of the defences of both Lodge Hill Ordnance Depot (Monument 1077634) and the Hoo Stop Line (Monument 1542577 and 1542687). (1-2)

A German map of 1940 bears a machine gun or anti aircraft gun symbol at roughly this location, but the symbol could refer to the First World War site. (3)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : NMR US/7GR/LOC348 2065 27-MAY-1944
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Source Number : 2
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : NMR RAF/106G/UK/1702 3062 27-AUG-1946
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Source Number : 3
Source : Beaches, fields, streets and hills: the anti-invasion landscape of England, 1940
Source details : Foot, W.
Page(s) : 408
Figs. : 219
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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : TQ 77 SE 274
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Related Warden Records :
Associated Monuments : 1442424
Relationship type : General association
Associated Monuments : 1542687
Relationship type : General association
Associated Monuments : 1546546
Relationship type : General association
Associated Monuments : 1077634
Relationship type : General association
Associated Monuments : 1542577
Relationship type : General association

Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, ENGLISH HERITAGE: HOO PENINSULA LANDSCAPE PROJECT NMP
Activity type : AERIAL PHOTOGRAPH INTERPRETATION
Start Date : 2010-09-01
End Date : 2012-03-01