Great Orme Gun Site

24 Sep

the home front museum

Today 1940 the School of Coast Artillery on the lower slopes of the Great Orme, Llandudno officially became operational.  It re-located from Shoeburyness and was moved as it needed to expand (due to the war) and that was proving to be difficult in Essex; this coupled with increasingly heavy air-raids and the threat of invasion led to the decision to move.

Many sites on the west coast of Britain were looked at before the decision was taken to opt for the area of land at the end of Llys Helig Drive on the West Shore of the Great Orme.  The land was duly requisitioned by the War Department from Mostyn Estates and was chosen as it required little alteration.  It was vital that there was suitable anchorage for the target vessels and good conditions for radio direction finding and searchlight training.  Royal Engineers designed and planned the layout of the…

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