Maunsell Sea Forts

More updates from the Dying Earth: this time the Maunsell Sea Forts built during the Second World War and located in Thames and Mersey estuaries, one of which has become the Principality of Sealand. They were used to destroy enemy aircraft and flying bombs. In the 1960s, some were recycled as bases for pirate radio.

By Mark Newton

Born in 1981, live in the UK. I write about strange things.

6 replies on “Maunsell Sea Forts”

There are trips out to them. One used to (may still have) a geocache on it and I’d planned to go out for a milestone find (1000th, 2000th, 5000th find etc). However, nimble as I am for my size I thought I might have problems getting from the boat to the ladders so I passed.
I believe at one point in their existence they were used as a base for a pirate radio station.

And if you like this sort of thing did you know there’s an entire town underground in Wiltshire?

Hi Adrian – do you mean Burlington Bunker – ? I used to live a few miles from this place (though I never got to see underground!)

I was just looking at one of the day-trip sites for getting to these forts (though the website was terribly outdated). Leave the Tories in charge long enough and I’ll be first in the queue to occupy one. 🙂

Paul – I’m ashamed to say I had to google that! But a B&W thriller set on one of these things sounds a lot of fun.

Yep. Burlington. Know someone who can take me down there and keep meaning to arrange it one summer as a thinly veiled version of Burlington appears in the novel.

There’s also a number of hidden caves / quarries in Box although unfortunately it’s a squeeze even for people more svelte than me

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