Hougham Battery

Coordinates: 51°6′26″N 1°16′12″E / 51.10722°N 1.27000°E / 51.10722; 1.27000
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Hougham Battery on Round Down
Hougham Battery is located in Kent
Hougham Battery
Hougham Battery shown within Kent (grid reference TR29053921)

Hougham Battery is a World War II coastal defence battery built in 1941 between Dover and Folkestone in southeast England. It is on the cliff-edge between Abbot's Cliff and Shakespeare Cliff.

The battery is equipped with three 8-inch (203 mm) Mark VIII naval guns.[1] The complex was built in 1941 and manned by men of 520 Coastal Regiment Royal Artillery[2]

The construction of the A20 in the 1970s caused most of the battery to be covered with earth, so little can be seen on the surface, though access is possible to the underground battery plotting room. Some of the observation posts on the cliff edge are also visible.

The batteries to the east and west of Dover were each designated as a fortress and each fortress had an underground plotting room from where the guns could be controlled. At Hougham. there are No.1, No.2 and No.3 Gun emplacements.[3]

The North Downs Way (long-distance path) leads over Round Down (on the Dover Cliffs) between Folkestone and Dover. The path passes by several observation posts of the battery.

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  1. ^ "Hougham Battery". Archived from the original on 9 August 2011. Retrieved 21 July 2011.
  2. ^ "Hougham Battery Plotting Room – Subterranea Britannica".
  3. ^ "Subterranean History: Hougham Battery, Dover".

51°6′26″N 1°16′12″E / 51.10722°N 1.27000°E / 51.10722; 1.27000