Evidence of Home Guard remains can still be seen today around Britain if you know where to look. The 29mm Spigot Mortar was an infantry anti-tank weapon devised by Lt Col. Stewart Blacker early in the Second World War. Intended as a means to equip Home Guard Units with an anti-tank weapon in case of German invasion, at a time of grave shortage of weapons. There were doubts about the effectiveness of the mortar but they were issued in fairly large numbers. They were mounted on a steel pin which was fixed on a circular concrete base usually with a trench around it so the crew could rotated 360’ on the steel pin. The mortar could be lifted off and moved as required. In some places bases can be still seen often around rail and river bridges; cross roads or places where tanks would me expected to pass.
Mortar base on the road to Needles Fort Isle of Wight (2016)
Langstone Mill is now a private home it last worked as a mill around the time of World War 1. It dates right back to the 1730s, it is a local land mark. Painted with black tar paint to protect from the seaside weather.
The tide was high when we arrived and got higher while we were there glad I parked the far side of the car park !
Hayling Island had some Houseboats that made me smile. I think this boathouse is more like a beach hut rather than someones home.
I am trying to record modern history I see before it is lost another WW2 relic fairly local to home is Sinah Heavy Anti aircraft gun site on Hayling Island Hampshire. From the air Hayling Island can easily be mistaken for Portsmouth with its city and dockyard.
The seating area has been added to the inside of this gun emplacement and the small inner ammunition stores removed.
Too try and confuse the German Bombers, Hayling Island was used as a decoy site with fires being lit to simulate bombing damage and fool bombers to bomb around the fires.
You can not reach the sites second main magazine and 4th Gunsite although this gunsite has fallen into a fishing lake it retains it’s 5 internal ammunition stores. Sinah gun battery was badly damaged in April 1941 when the site was hit by bombs, putting out of action 3 of the 4 guns and killing 6 gun crew from 57th Heavy Anti Aircraft regiment who are remembered at the site today.
Site of living huts
1 of the 2 main magazines on the site
found on google WW2 anti-aircraft gun battery like those at Hayling Island
Calshot Life boat station and lookout Tower
Fishing Boats at rest
Cape Town Star
CAPE TOWN STAR is a Reefer registered in The Bahamas. The vessel CAPE TOWN STAR has a deadweight of 10629 tonnes and was built in 1993.
There are two in-shore lifeboats stationed at Calshot spit.The lookout tower is manned by volunteers. If you want to see the tower it has its own post code to pop in your Sat Nav. SO45 1BR
Calshot Castle is closed until Spring
A closer view of the old oil-fired Fawley Power Station, on the western side of Southampton Water, it was commissioned in 1971. It was state of the art when it opened but is now closed, The decommissioning and demolition of the plant is expected to take several years, and the future of the site remains undecided. The removal of the 650 foot chimney will change the skyline on Southampton Water.
When the power station has gone I will return and add a new picture from this spot.
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Urgent repair work to stabilise the failed sea wall defences at Hill Head and allow the promenade to reopen got underway on the 6th January . Storms around Christmas had undermined the foot path in front of some of the Beach Huts. Yesterday tons of concrete was pumped down to the site from the road above, today workmen continue with the repairs. When the tide is high where the little digger is will be cover by the sea. So nice to get a bright sunny day today instead in non stop rain.
Hythe is a small town opposite Southampton. I feel the most interesting way to travel from Southampton to Hythe is to cross Southampton Water is by the small passenger ferry.
Pier Head (seaward end of pier)
The ferry drops off passengers at Hythe Pier. The pier stretches 700yards into deep water from the tidal shore. Once you are dropped off at the pier head you can either walk into the town or take the small electric train. The Pier dates back to 1879. A walk on the pier costs including the rail journey from the Hythe side is just £1.60.
inside the train