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Description: Fort on Blyth Links
Date Listed: 7 April 1988
English Heritage Building ID: 236082
OS Grid Reference: NZ3209779310
OS Grid Coordinates: 432097, 579310
Latitude/Longitude: 55.1072, -1.4984
BLYTH LINKS ROAD
NZ 37 NW
5/120 Fort on Blyth
Coastal defence fort. Late C19 in origin, remodelled 1914-18; some altera-
tions 1939-45. Reinforced concrete; brick. The fort, built on and partly into
a sand-dune hill, consists of a pair of gun emplacements facing seawards, a
magazine and shell store built into the landward face of the dune, a shelter
block to the south, and a Defence Electric Light director station and
blockhouse to the north. The gun emplacements are each fronted by a sloping
apron of reinforced concrete, and are linked by a wall backed by a lower-level,
flat-roofed shelter block; in the internal wall face at each end of the shelter
are cupboards with heavy iron doors. The flat-roofed superstructure of each
emplacement is a 1939-45 addition. Facing the internal wall of the shelter is
the detached R.A. store with a boarded door, 2 small windows and a flat felted
roof. The officers' and men's shelter (now a public convenience) is a
flat-roofed rectangular building with a door and 4 windows on the south. The
magazine and shell store have a front wall facing west, with 2 doorways, a
boarded window and a barred 4-pane sash; two low openings above and a narrow
opening on the right into the blast space surround. The director station is a
2-storey 6-sided tower with a metal-sheeted rangefinder housing on the flat
top; on the west is an iron stair up to a balcony on cantilever brackets. The
5-sided blockhouse has a door and 2 boarded hatches; flat concrete roof.
Between the director station and the blockhouse is a 1939-45 lookout tower.
HISTORICAL NOTE: Originally known as Fort Coulson after the Royal Engineer
Captain responsible for its construction, the Link House Battery carried two
6-inch guns in World War 1. Later disused, it was returned to Blyth
Corporation in 1925, but re-commissioned in World War II. Rare survival of a
World War 1 coastal defence complex.
Listing NGR: NZ3209779310
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