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Military Architecture Question

Postby Wiener » Sat Sep 10, 2016 9:58 pm

I came across this building a few weeks ago, a little off the beaten track and almost lost in the woods: not often visited given the lack of graffiti.
It is a military bunker probably 1940's given the quality of the concrete, and part of a gunnery complex which evolved and grew between the early 1900's and its abandonment after the 2nd World War. However, one aspect of the design has me puzzled. This is a buried structure accessed by steep downward steps at either extremity. It has a curved roof/wall interface on the seaward side, presumably for additional strength, along the long corridor between the entrances.
Two rooms exist off this corridor deeply buried into the hillside on the right-hand side of the photograph. The wall between the corridor and the rooms is the best part of a metre thick. One room has two 0.3m x 0.3m slots as windows through to the corridor, and likely had steel shutters for protection given the heavy hinges still evident. The other room's window has bars for protection and a glazed window behind. Why a glazed window? Makes no sense, but seems to be of a similar date to the remainder of the structure.
Any thoughts anyone?
Andy
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Re: Military Architecture Question

Postby Blow-in » Thu Sep 15, 2016 10:21 am

Hi Andy,

Could the glazed window been a guard room - ie 'manned'?

This is a good place to go for information: http://www.subbrit.org.uk/

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Re: Military Architecture Question

Postby riccadonna » Sat Sep 17, 2016 1:14 pm

Andy, we need more picts to get the answer. :idea:
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Re: Military Architecture Question

Postby Wiener » Wed Oct 05, 2016 12:57 pm

Blow-in wrote:Hi Andy,

Could the glazed window been a guard room - ie 'manned'?

This is a good place to go for information: http://www.subbrit.org.uk/

Richard


Hi Richard,
thanks for the link. However, my mystery object does not seem to appear there. I will need to return for another look sometime!
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Re: Military Architecture Question

Postby Wiener » Wed Oct 05, 2016 1:10 pm

riccadonna wrote:Andy, we need more picts to get the answer. :idea:

Hi Stanislaw,
actually not much more to see! All very deeply buried...but attach a few more from my previous visit...
Though the strange alcove with the curved ceiling located off the 'through' passage between the two entrances perhaps assists with identifying its original use?
All the best,
Andy
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alcove detail
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Exposure program: Normal program
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west entrance
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through passage locating alcove looking towards the east entrance
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R0034081SP1s.jpg
the room behind the barred window
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R0033981SP1s.jpg
east entrance and external stair well
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Image taken on: Fri Aug 26, 2016 4:16 pm
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