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PostPosted: Mon Jan 22, 2007 11:34 am 
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The Heugh (pronounced "Yuff") Gun Battery is a site of great significance in terms of both history and poignancy. As a surviving 19th century coastal battery, complete with WW1 and WW2 modifications, it stands as a memorial to a means of engagement now largely relegated to the pages of history books by modern warfare techniques and technology. Indeed, as the location of the only shore-to-ship combat in the whole of the UK during the Great War (not to mention the first homeland military casualties of that conflict), it is a place that should stimulate the hearts as well as the minds of all who visit.</b>

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The origins of the Heugh Gun Battery begin with Sir John Fox Burgoyne's reforms of the Militia, prompted by uncertainties in homeland defence in the early to mid-nineteenth century following the Napoleonic Wars and up to the war in the Crimea. As part of this scheme, and aware that foreign powers were trying to match Britain's naval "wooden walls" (to whit her huge fleet, although said "walls" would soon start to become iron), coastal defense was made a priority against bombardment or, worse, invasion.

After a national committee review between 1852 and 1854 it was recommended that Hartlepool, as a major and growing commercial port and shipbuilder, be defended by batteries at Fairy Cove, on the northern edge of the Headland overlooking Throston Scar, and the Heugh Lighthouse, facing east across Tees Bay (which was already home to the obsolete Napoleonic-era East Battery). The recently raised Durham Artillery Militia Corps thus took up residence on the site in 1855 , and was most likely armed with 32pdr guns (which would have been relatively ineffective as anti-shipping weapons).

In 1859 the proposals were refined to represent something more effective, and the positions were upgraded to three 68pdr guns at Fairy Cove, two by the lighthouse, and four at a new battery to be built on the eastern end of the town moor. Sited roughly 100-150 yards west of the lighthouse and covering the arc of fire between the two existing positions, the Heugh Battery site was leased to the War Office from the Hartlepool Corporation for 999 years on a peppercorn rent basis, an arrangement that is still honoured today (though obviously the respective organisations no longer exist in their original forms).

Building work on the Heugh site commenced on December 19th 1859, taking slightly less than a year (the exact completion date being 28 November 1860) and costing

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This investigation was canny, it was cool to meet nikki and ralph, just shame about the weather brrrrrrrr :)


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cool place (infact very cool even too cool) :wink:


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Hahah .. do you mean 'cold', Sue?

Place was fine - I enjoy places such as that more so than the usual pub / hotel fair .. even if there is no activity (which there was at the battery) .. as just the feel and the atmosphere in the place is better than a happy-go-luck jovial pub atmosphere ..

I particularly thought thought the seance was good - perhaps the best i've been involved in .. altho I still think that generally there are too many people involved ..

All in all .. it was a good one - other than the waterfall of rain coming down the stairs and the absolute bollock freezing wind!! :mrgreen:

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yeah the seance was probs best part of the night :wink:


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there will be choir practice for those that tried to sing on that night. and i think jay might need to learn the words lol


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we are on an investigation there tomorrow night - hopefully we will have better weather than you experienced! :D


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Hey Jukesy - hope you enjoy yourself! But wrap up - that wind whips in off the North Sea and its freeeeezzzzing!!

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Especially with the snow thats forecast for tomorrow!!! :shock:

Good luck i hope you have a good time and get lots of activity xx

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Sounds a mad mad place must go there sometime. :D

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it is a great place --- i want to go back

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it was a cracking place! we went with Old Haunts and there medium Dave Williams - he was fantastic.

the seances were the best part of the night and we had a cracking night. we were in one room with apparently a spirit called George - when the circle was broke i felt completly light hearted and almost fainted, i took a minute and this is the gods honest truth i felt pissed for the next 30 mins we spent in there. once outside i was fine.

would love to go back.


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Yeah George - did he bang on the metal thing that sits in that room? We had him tapping away merrilly on it when we were there ..

And were Ralph and Nikki there too (real people - not ghosties!)?

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sounds like you had an ace time jukesy!
Sitting in a circle and then feeling pissed for 30 mins after - sounds like my kind of place hehehehehe!!!!!

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