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Blyth Battery

The Shelter

The shelter provided a resting place for the troops who manned the buildings during Wartime. It is now our tea room and information centre. We have displays of WW1 memorabilia and WW2 home front displays

cafe

The Magazine

The magazine is where all of the shells for the guns were stored. Most gun Battery's had the magazine building situated directly behind the guns to make loading the guns easier, but due to the sand dunes at Blyth, the magazine had to be built some distance away making it a unique feature of the site.
It is now our main museum area

displays

WW2 Battery Observation Post

Two of Rods boys

Early in WWII the existing Direction Range Finder Tower (Battery Observation Post) with its 9ft Barr and Stroud Range Finder was considered to be obsolete.
Blyth Battery was to receive a new Depression Range Finder, since this would not fit easily into the existing building a new Battery Observation Post was built.
There were difficulties with using the Depression Range Finder so after a few months the new range finder was removed.
Blyth Battery was re-issued a 9ft Barr and Stroud Range Finder which was fitted into the new B.O.P where it was used until the end World War Two.

ww2 bop

Today the upper floor of the WW2 B.O.P houses an accurate recreation of the Observation Post as it would have appeared in the early 1940's.

Five of the boys

The B.O.P. was operated by six members of the regular army from it's construction until 1943.
Here we can see the fire control officer, communications officer, clerks and of course the soldiers on look out duty.

Display cases

As well as the re-created WW2 B.O.P there are displays containing a substantial collection of both issue and private purchase equipment belonging to British troops through out the war.

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To keep things interesting

Whilst visiting The WWII B.O.P you will have the opportunity to view the stunning Northumberland coastline and inspect shipping through several types of original military optical devises including this rare field artillery Depression Range Finder from World War Two

Rod

The upper floor of the World War 2 Battery Observation Post at Blyth Battery is curated by Major Rod Goodinson (above).

1st World War officers dugout.

ww1

The lower floor communications room of the ww2 BOP will be opened as a World War One trench Dugout. The construction of this accurate WW1 reconstruction has been a labour of love throughout 2014 for Blyth Battery Volunteers chairman Colin Durward.

machine gun

now complete with ww1 Vickers machine gun the officers dugout is worth a visit.

enterance

The lower floor of the BOP also houses the former plotting room or Battery Command Post. The BCP will house a new Home Guard display focusing on the Home Guard from Blyth and the immediate area.

WW1 Battery Observation Post

Our WW1 Battery Observation Post with its rotating turret roof is believed to be the only remaining one in the world. It is split between two floors, the top floor with the turret has been left as it was, the only work done being to preserve the turret from any more errosion or damage. The downstairs floor, originally a map room, has been transformed into our 1940's house

front view

1940's house

kitchen

now fully fitted out the 1940 room is complete with cooker and kitchen area.

cooker

Searchlight Building

The Battery had twin searchlight buildings, situated to the very North of the site. One of these now contains a restored searcglight, plus display equiptment

restored

The Searchlight building is not always open but if you are interested in seeing it, just ask at the main site and someone will be happy to open it for you

Defending our port