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Innes Links, Emergency Coast Battery, No. 2 Gun Emplacement

Gun Emplacement (20th Century)

Site Name Innes Links, Emergency Coast Battery, No. 2 Gun Emplacement

Classification Gun Emplacement (20th Century)

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

Canmore ID 293096

Site Number NJ26NE 30.02

NGR NJ 28102 67910

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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

Archaeology Notes

NJ26NE 30.02 28102 67910

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.2 gun emplacement.

Almost identical to Gun No.1 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 ht eleading edge is shaped in two inverse curves. Only a small portion of the low front wall which has a average height of 30cm, has been removed. The apron to the front has had small angular rocks and stones 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 next to the low wall, ring does not form a complete circle.

The emplacement has some recent grafitti and a fire raised on the central boltring.

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

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