August 12, 2022
Steyne Wood Battery

A Previous Ministry of Defence battery which was applied to defend the British coastline from invasions has gone on sale for £2.6m.

Steyne Wood Battery in Bembridge, Isle of Wight, was created involving 1889-1894 with the objective of offering a defensive placement on the eastern shoreline.

Its intent was to protect the spot by blocking ships lying off Sandown and bombarding the Royal Navy Fleet in Portsmouth Harbour.

Steyne Wood Battery
The battery is on the marketplace for £2.6M. Credit score: Spence Willard

All of the bomb evidence shelters, ammunition outlets, gun positions and defensive structure remain intact in the 13,724 sq ft grounds.

The key six-bedroom interval property sits at the centre of the grounds up coming to a 3-bed room annex – just metres away from a pool and tennis courtroom.

Many other buildings are integrated in the sale together with the primary Guards Residence, Forge and a boat tests facility.

A individual two-bed room constructing, identified as Shell Cottage, was the initial ammunition shop and is situated among the intriguing gun emplacements.

Aerial visuals display the total scale of the battery surrounded by woodland.

Estate agent Spence Willard detailed the house on the market yesterday with a guideline price of £2.6m.

They reported: “The Battery was purchased from the MOD by Sir John Thornycroft in 1909 and has remained in the similar family members as a non-public home ever due to the fact providing a superb property for generations, mates and as a venue for functions and weddings, as perfectly as any one with a eager interest in British armed forces or wartime historical past.

“A multipurpose arrangement centred all around a beautiful detached residence, a few of the original structures in the grounds (The Guard Dwelling, Forge and Shell Cottage) offer self-contained cottages and would be ideally utilized as ancillary or holiday getaway let accommodation.

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“The household by itself gains from an adjacent 3-bed room annexe, a swimming pool, lawn tennis court and some breathtaking woodland walks beyond the legendary earthwork bund line about the residence.

“This intriguing and numerous residence situated on the western fringe of the popular coastal village of Bembridge also lies in close proximity to Culver Down and an location of excellent organic magnificence, in addition to Bembridge airport and the lovely seaside at Whitecliff Bay.

Bomb shelter
The bomb shelter in the grounds of the battery. Credit history: Spence Willard

“The grounds prolong to close to 18 acres and of individual observe, the Outlined (Quality II) boat screening facility that was designed by Sir John Thornycroft, who established the ship creating enterprise Thornycroft & Co below in Bembridge.”

The battery is labeled as a scheduled monument which destinations condition security on the house.

It is one particular of the a lot of Palmerston Forts built on the island to shield it in response to a perceived danger of French invasion.

Steyne Wood Battery had the shortest energetic provider of any battery or fortification on the Isle of Wight, and was only armed and in assistance for two yrs in between 1896-1898.

Superior angle guns were being positioned inland so that they were concealed from an enemy fleet, who would not be ready to counter-attack them.

It was produced with a few gun teams, each and every of two guns.

Defensive rifle trenches ended up emphasised where infantry would be equipped to advance in front of the guns to defend from enemy attack.

The defence was also aided by a steel palisade in the front although rifle trenches protected the rear of the battery.

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The battery’s weapons ended up saved in intricate underground bombproof cartridge and shell merchants in between the guns.

The battery also experienced a guard area, cell and a caretaker’s quarters capable for use as prisoner’s quarters.