Former MoD battery used to guard shoreline from invasions on marketplace for £2.6m

A FORMER Ministry of Defence battery which was used to defend the British coast from invasions has gone on sale for £2.6m.

Steyne Wooden Battery in Bembridge, Isle of Wight, was constructed between 1889-1894 with the aim of offering a defensive place on the japanese shoreline.

Its function was to guard the world by stopping ships mendacity off Sandown and bombarding the Royal Navy Fleet in Portsmouth Harbour.

The battery is in the marketplace for £2.6M. Credit score: Spence Willard

The entire bomb proof shelters, ammunition shops, gun positions and defensive construction stay intact within the 13,724 sq ft grounds.

The primary six-bedroom interval house sits on the centre of the grounds subsequent to a three-bedroom annex – simply metres away from a pool and tennis courtroom.

A number of different buildings are included within the sale together with the unique Guards Home, Forge and a ship testing facility.

A separate two-bedroom constructing, referred to as Shell Cottage, was the unique ammunition retailer and is located amongst the fascinating gun emplacements.

Aerial pictures present the total scale of the battery surrounded by woodland.

Property agent Spence Willard listed the property in the marketplace yesterday with a information worth of £2.6m.

They stated: “The Battery was purchased from the MOD by Sir John Thornycroft in 1909 and has remained in the identical household as a personal residence ever since offering an exquisite house for generations, mates and as a venue for events and weddings, in addition to anybody with a eager curiosity in British army or wartime historical past.

“A flexible association centred round a shocking indifferent home, three of the unique buildings within the grounds (The Guard Home, Forge and Shell Cottage) present self-contained cottages and could be ideally used as ancillary or vacation let lodging.

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“The home itself advantages from an adjoining three-bedroom annexe, a swimming pool, garden tennis courtroom and a few beautiful woodland walks past the long-lasting earthwork bund line round the home.

“This fascinating and various property positioned on the western fringe of the favored coastal village of Bembridge additionally lies in shut proximity to Culver Down and an space of excellent pure magnificence, along with Bembridge airport and the attractive seaside at Whitecliff Bay.

Bomb shelter
The bomb shelter within the grounds of the battery. Credit score: Spence Willard

“The grounds prolong to roughly 18 acres and of explicit notice, the Listed (Grade II) boat testing facility that was constructed by Sir John Thornycroft, who based the ship constructing firm Thornycroft & Co right here in Bembridge.”

The battery is classed as a scheduled monument which locations state safety on the property.

It is likely one of the many Palmerston Forts constructed on the island to guard it in response to a perceived risk of French invasion.

Steyne Wooden Battery had the shortest energetic service of any battery or fortification on the Isle of Wight, and was solely armed and in service for 2 years between 1896-1898.

Excessive angle weapons had been positioned inland in order that they had been hidden from an enemy fleet, who wouldn’t have the ability to counter-attack them.

It was constructed with three gun teams, every of two weapons.

Defensive rifle trenches had been emphasised the place infantry would have the ability to advance in entrance of the weapons to defend from enemy assault.

The defence was additionally aided by a metal palisade within the entrance whereas rifle trenches protected the rear of the battery.

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The battery’s weapons had been saved in intricate underground bombproof cartridge and shell shops between the weapons.

The battery additionally had a guard room, cell and a caretaker’s quarters succesful to be used as prisoner’s quarters.