Secret Scotland

If it's secret, and in Scotland…

Stop that! Oh, that’s fine, carry on…

Missed this one first time round.

My thanks for the pointer to this gem.

Still…

I wonder if this cat actually has a cunning plan, and there are now holes in that TP (that fingers could go through!)

 

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Oct 2, 2018 Posted by | Civilian | , , | Leave a comment

AA Battery Blantyreferme – a quick (re)visit

Fortunate not to have been lost (like some) to redevelopment of the land, or some other major change, the Blantyreferme AA Battery was one that was handy for a visit some years ago, and also revisited by other who were kind enough to offer us their observations from visits made in later years.

You can read the notes made in those previous years here, in our main site.

It’s interesting to note that although our data was taken from public records, none of them seem to have referred to the name given to the restoration, The Whins Site. The alternatives in the records were Blantyre Ferme, Blantyre, or Uddingston.

AA Battery Blantyreferme

I suggest referring to this page while looking at the newer info.

Although I refer to ‘restoration’, be aware this refers only to the current remains, which have been cleaned up and made safe, and does not imply the battery has been restored to its wartime condition.

In fact, the battery site now lies within Redlees Park, a recent development dating from 2008, extended in 2012 to feature the remains as part of the park.

Signs posted at the entrances to the park show the area, and the location of the battery within the park.

Click for bigger – sorry for the reflections, but a protective sheet over the sign makes it hard to avoid.

Redlees Park Layout

Redlees Park Layout

Rather than waffling on, these signs from the restored site give an indication of the site’s structure.

They’re a bit grotty, but the originals are mounted at an angle for visitors to read, so I’ve had to edit them to correct for some hefty perspective distortion resulting from angle they were photographed at.

Click for slightly bigger.

The Whins Anti Aircraft Site

The Whins Anti Aircraft Site

 

The Whins Anti Aircraft Battery

The Whins Anti Aircraft Battery

 

The Whins Fixed Gun Emplacements

The Whins Fixed Gun Emplacements

The first sign is mounted on a viewing platform that overlooks the whole site, as seen in this stitched view.

Click to enlarge this view.

AA Battery stitch

AA Battery stitch

The original battery perimeter fence and gate remain largely intact.

While the original visits showed the local scum was smashing the battery’s remains for fun, they’ve decided to carry on vandalising it with slightly less destructive painting to decorate it to their taste, as seen from the nearby hill.

Battery Gate Entrance

Battery Gate Entrance

As seen from ground level.

AA Battery Site Entrance

AA Battery Site Entrance

There were a number of Tank Traps scattered around the area, and one has been made into a feature, in front of the main magazine building, and workshop to the right.

These traps were simply made, by pouring concrete into cylinder formed by some corrugated iron sheeting bent into circle.

The magazine building is covered with disgusting painted vandalism, which I’ve painted out as I will not give a public showing for the scum to point at say ‘I did that’.

Magazine Workshop Tank Trap

Magazine Workshop Tank Trap

Oct 2, 2018 Posted by | military, photography, World War II | | Leave a comment

   

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