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Fort on Blyth Links

A Grade II Listed Building in Blyth, Northumberland

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Latitude: 55.1072 / 55°6'25"N

Longitude: -1.4984 / 1°29'54"W

OS Eastings: 432097

OS Northings: 579311

OS Grid: NZ320793

Mapcode National: GBR K9ZD.D0

Mapcode Global: WHC30.YWMN

Entry Name: Fort on Blyth Links

Listing Date: 7 April 1988

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1041334

English Heritage Legacy ID: 236082

Location: Blyth, Northumberland, NE24

County: Northumberland

Civil Parish: Blyth

Built-Up Area: Blyth

Traditional County: Northumberland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northumberland

Church of England Parish: Blyth St Cuthbert

Church of England Diocese: Newcastle

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Listing Text

NZ 37 NW
5/120 Fort on Blyth
Coastal defence fort. Late C19 in origin, remodelled 1914-18; some altera-
tions 1939-45. Reinforced concrete; brick. The fort, built on and partly into
a sand-dune hill, consists of a pair of gun emplacements facing seawards, a
magazine and shell store built into the landward face of the dune, a shelter
block to the south, and a Defence Electric Light director station and
blockhouse to the north. The gun emplacements are each fronted by a sloping
apron of reinforced concrete, and are linked by a wall backed by a lower-level,
flat-roofed shelter block; in the internal wall face at each end of the shelter
are cupboards with heavy iron doors. The flat-roofed superstructure of each
emplacement is a 1939-45 addition. Facing the internal wall of the shelter is
the detached R.A. store with a boarded door, 2 small windows and a flat felted
roof. The officers' and men's shelter (now a public convenience) is a
flat-roofed rectangular building with a door and 4 windows on the south. The
magazine and shell store have a front wall facing west, with 2 doorways, a
boarded window and a barred 4-pane sash; two low openings above and a narrow
opening on the right into the blast space surround. The director station is a
2-storey 6-sided tower with a metal-sheeted rangefinder housing on the flat
top; on the west is an iron stair up to a balcony on cantilever brackets. The
5-sided blockhouse has a door and 2 boarded hatches; flat concrete roof.
Between the director station and the blockhouse is a 1939-45 lookout tower.

HISTORICAL NOTE: Originally known as Fort Coulson after the Royal Engineer
Captain responsible for its construction, the Link House Battery carried two
6-inch guns in World War 1. Later disused, it was returned to Blyth
Corporation in 1925, but re-commissioned in World War II. Rare survival of a
World War 1 coastal defence complex.

Listing NGR: NZ3209779310

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