Hey guys, are you ready for the next update to our blog? Ready or not, here it is. Just under three weeks ago, the BTP Team (me, BTP Liam and BTP Joe) set out across the Ray to find remains of a WW2 Army Camp and Heavy Anti Aircraft site in the Hadleigh Downs, hidden from modern life by nothing greater than some bushes! Many thanks to ‘Weeto’ from http://www.derelictplaces.co.uk for the information.
After walking down a public footpath, off of Chapel Lane, which luckily had a temporal diversion to exactly were we wanted to be, we instantly saw around 5 concrete structures. The site was called TN9 Hadleigh in the Second World War and:
was a complex site of 5.25″ and 4.5″ gun emplacements, ancillary buildings and structures, and accommodation huts. All of the accommodation huts have been demolished and the appearance of the site has changed with the addition of a banked reservoir and heaped soil and grass over the gun positions. However, potentially much remains. On the surface there is the post-war Operations Room/Generator Block, rare in the county. The Gun Store is one of only two – the other is at TN10 Vange (SMR 14748). The On-Site Magazine is similarly one of only two – the other is at ZE7 Lippitts Hill (SMR 10374). Two of the 4.5″ emplacements and their command post may remain beneath the soil. But, of major importance as no emplacements of this gun calibre remain in Essex.
Here are the pictures:
Cold War Operations Room and Generator Block
Remains of a buried building, or foundations?
My Close Aperture Shot of the Pipe
The Firing Range
Possibly the Magazine (Ammo Store)
The Gun Store
We did get caught by a ranger or guard, who approached in his car, as we ere exploring the cycle tracks for the Olympics 2012. We talked to him about our interests, and he said that, although he didn’t know their exact location, he did know that the illusive Roman Ruins were at the top of the hill before the HAA site! It turned out for the better!
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