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Victorian Forts                                             Portsmouth                       19e

                             Stokes Bay Lines Battery No. 5

          Commenced            1857                                 Armament
          Completed            1861
          Cost                  £ 75,120 for the Lines              1872  11 x 8-inch S.B.
                                                                    1890  4 x 7-inch R.B.L.
          Map Reference        SZ 60494 98094                       1901  4 x Maxim Machine Guns
          Position             Gosport Stokes Bay                   1904  Disarmed

          Type                 Coast Defence Flanking Battery
          Ditch                wet
          Guns                 4
          Barrack Accom. None
          Present use          Due for sale/disposal 2010

                                                                    Caponiers           None
          History              Coast Defence
                               Admiralty campment then AMTE
          Disposal             2010                                 Counterscarp        None
          Condition            Fair                                 galleries
          Access               None
                                                                    Haxo casemates None
          Sources              Stokes Bay Defences - D.Moore
                                                                    Moncrieff Pits      None

          History and Description

           No.5 Battery was first armed with 68pr and 8-inch smooth bore guns. In 1872 it was proposed to
           replace them with nine 7-inch R.B.L. guns. By 1886 these had been reduced to four. The battery had
           four expense stores, two for cartridges each with a capacity for 41 barrels of powder, later 288
           cartridges each, one a shell store holding 153 shells and one an artillery store for side arms to operate
           the guns.

           To the rear of the battery was an Artillery General Store. The battery was armed with four machine
           guns in 1901 and was disarmed in 1904. At some time after 1892 the shell and cartridge recesses
           were modified to act as issue hatches enabling ammunition to be handed out to the gun platforms
           from the magazines. This may date from the time of the installation of the machine guns.

           In 1886 it was proposed to fit six 13-inch Sea-Service mortars on a platform in front of No.5 Battery.
           The platform is shown on a plan of 1892 but the armament was never fitted and the earthwork was
           then removed.

           A road has been driven through the west salient of the battery destroying the gun emplacement. All
           five of the expense stores are extant. At least one gun emplacement has been found beneath modern
           infill. In September 2010 some of the post 1900 buildings on-site were due to be demolished when
           the current owners Qinetic, vacated the site. In 2016 the site remains empty.

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