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Innes Links, Emergency Coast Battery, No. 1 Gun Emplacement

Gun Emplacement (20th Century)

Site Name Innes Links, Emergency Coast Battery, No. 1 Gun Emplacement

Classification Gun Emplacement (20th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Spey Bay Anti-invasion Beach Defences

Canmore ID 293094

Site Number NJ26NE 30.01

NGR NJ 28148 67892

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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  • Council Moray
  • Parish Urquhart
  • Former Region Grampian
  • Former District Moray
  • Former County Morayshire

Archaeology Notes

NJ26NE 30.01 28148 67892

A brick and concrete gun emplacement to mount a Mk XI/V 6-inch gun is situated on the slope of the first line of sand dunes to the rear of the anti-tank block and pillbox line. This is known as No.1 gun emplacement.

The structure measures 11m by 15m with a wall thickness of 31cm. There are three recessed loopholes to each side. One internal room to the rear, measuring 6.1m by 3.50m with some paint surviving on the walls.

Though built mainly from shuttered concrete, there are brick walls in the interior, specifically at the rear of the gun platform. The concrete canopy is intact and is shaped at the front edge in two inverse curves. Much of the low front wall has been removed or vanadalised with some parts lying immediately to the N. The apron to the front has had small angular rocks placed in the wet concrete to aid camouflage. Two holdfast boltrings survive, one placed centrally on the gun platform the other is set at the edge with the low wall cutting the complete circle.

The emplacement has been covered in recent grafitti and a fire raised on the central boltring.

Visited by RCAHMS (DE, NG), 27 February 2008.

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