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2 Defence Electric Light Emplacements to East of Link House, Blyth

Description: 2 Defence Electric Light Emplacements to East of Link House

Grade: II
Date Listed: 7 April 1988
English Heritage Building ID: 236083

OS Grid Reference: NZ3205879687
OS Grid Coordinates: 432058, 579687
Latitude/Longitude: 55.1106, -1.4990

Location: Links Road, Blyth, Northumberland NE24 3PL

Locality: Blyth
County: Northumberland
Country: England
Postcode: NE24 3PL

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Listing Text

NZ 37 NW
5/121 2 Defence Electric
light emplacements,
to east of
Link House
Defence electric light emplacements, 1914-19. Reinforced concrete and steel,
with some brick, whitewashed. Two small rectangular buildings 20 metres apart,
each with a semi-octagonal projection at the seaward corner.

Each has a doorway and boarded window in the landward end, machine gun loops in
the other walls, and boarded openings of curving section in the projection,
under a heavy girder; added brickwork above girder level in emplacement no.1
(southern). The projections have flat roofs of a slightly-lower level to the
low-pitched roof of the main part. The beam produced by a parabola-ellipse
reflector could be directed through an 0.1 metre slit between curved metal
shutters and still illuminate a wide area of sea; the 2 emplacements were
operated by an E.L.O. (Electric Light Officer) in a director station at Link
House Battery (q.v.) 300 metres to the south, and powered by an engine house 50
metres to the west, now a public lavatory (q.v.). Rare survival of a World War
1 coastal defence installation.

Listing NGR: NZ3205879687

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Source: English Heritage

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