Above: Photo of the Mark I emplacement by Hugh Corley
Fort Cumberland, now in use as offices by Historic England, is home to many important clues to the history of England’s military. One of its 19th Century additions, the High Angle Battery, was the only example of its kind.
Modern diagram of the High Angle Battery
What makes the High Angle Battery unique?
The battery was built in 1899 to hold two guns that would fire at between 30 and 70 degrees; ships at the time were most heavily armoured on their sides and the high angles of fire would allow shells to drop onto the most vulnerable parts of the ship. The Fort Cumberland battery holds the first two iterations of this design to be in use. The carriages built for the Mark I and Mark II gun emplacements were the only ones of their kind and…
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