Former Ministry of Defence battery used to defend the British coast goes on the market for £2.6m


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A former Ministry of Defence battery which was used to defend the British coast from invasions has gone on sale for £2.6m.

Steyne Wood Battery in Bembridge, Isle of Wight, was constructed between 1889-1894 with the aim of offering a defensive place on the jap shoreline.

Its function was to guard the world by stopping ships mendacity off Sandown and bombarding the Royal Navy Fleet in Portsmouth Harbour.

All of the bomb proof shelters, ammunition shops, gun positions and defensive construction stay intact within the 13,724 sq. toes of grounds.

The most important six-bedroom interval dwelling sits on the centre of the grounds subsequent to a three-bedroom annex – simply metres away from a pool and tennis court docket.

Steyne Wood Battery in Bembridge, Isle of Wight, was built between 1889-1894 with the purpose of providing a defensive position on the eastern coastline

Steyne Wood Battery in Bembridge, Isle of Wight, was constructed between 1889-1894 with the aim of offering a defensive place on the jap shoreline

Its purpose was to protect the area by preventing ships lying off Sandown and bombarding the Royal Navy Fleet in Portsmouth Harbour. Pictured: A large swimming pool on the grounds

Its function was to guard the world by stopping ships mendacity off Sandown and bombarding the Royal Navy Fleet in Portsmouth Harbour. Pictured: A big swimming pool on the grounds 

All of the bomb proof shelters, ammunition stores, gun positions and defensive structure remain intact in the 13,724 square feet of grounds. Pictured: A spacious bathroom in the manor

All of the bomb proof shelters, ammunition shops, gun positions and defensive construction stay intact within the 13,724 sq. toes of grounds. Pictured: A spacious rest room within the manor 

The main six-bedroom period home sits at the centre of the grounds next to a three-bedroom annex - just metres away from a pool and tennis court. Pictured: A large kitchen and living room area with floor-to-ceiling windows to let sunlight in

The most important six-bedroom interval dwelling sits on the centre of the grounds subsequent to a three-bedroom annex – simply metres away from a pool and tennis court docket. Pictured: A big kitchen and front room space with floor-to-ceiling home windows to let daylight in 

Estate agent Spence Willard listed the property on the market on Wednesday (3 AUG) with a guide price of £2.6million. Pictured: The home's kitchen area in the main house

Estate agent Spence Willard listed the property available on the market on Wednesday (3 AUG) with a information worth of £2.6million. Pictured: The dwelling’s kitchen space in the principle home 

Pictured: The battery where high angle guns were mounted. The home and its grounds feature many original features from the property built in the 1890s

Pictured: The battery the place excessive angle weapons had been mounted. The dwelling and its grounds function many unique options from the property constructed within the Nineties

Several different buildings are included within the sale together with the unique Guards House, Forge and a ship testing facility.

A separate two-bedroom constructing, referred to as Shell Cottage, was the unique ammunition retailer and is located amongst the fascinating gun emplacements.

Aerial pictures present the total scale of the battery surrounded by woodland.

Estate agent Spence Willard listed the property available on the market on Wednesday (3 AUG) with a information worth of £2.6m.

They mentioned: ‘The Battery was purchased from the MOD by Sir John Thornycroft in 1909 and has remained in the identical household as a personal residence ever since offering a beautiful dwelling for generations, pals and as a venue for events and weddings, in addition to anybody with a eager curiosity in British army or wartime historical past.

‘A flexible association centred round a shocking indifferent home, three of the unique buildings within the grounds (The Guard House, Forge and Shell Cottage) present self-contained cottages and can be ideally used as ancillary or vacation let lodging.

‘The home itself advantages from an adjoining three-bedroom annexe, a swimming pool, garden tennis court docket and a few gorgeous woodland walks past the long-lasting earthwork bund line round the home.

An estate agent spokesman said: 'The Battery was bought from the MOD by Sir John Thornycroft in 1909 and has remained in the same family as a private residence ever since providing a wonderful home for generations, friends and as a venue for parties and weddings, as well as anyone with a keen interest in British military or wartime history'

An property agent spokesman mentioned: ‘The Battery was purchased from the MOD by Sir John Thornycroft in 1909 and has remained in the identical household as a personal residence ever since offering a beautiful dwelling for generations, pals and as a venue for events and weddings, in addition to anybody with a eager curiosity in British army or wartime historical past’

Several other buildings are included in the sale including the original Guards House, Forge and a boat testing facility. Pictured: One of the bomb shelters featured on the property

Several different buildings are included within the sale together with the unique Guards House, Forge and a ship testing facility. Pictured: One of the bomb shelters featured on the property 

They added: 'A versatile arrangement centred around a stunning detached house, three of the original buildings in the grounds (The Guard House, Forge and Shell Cottage) provide self-contained cottages and would be ideally used as ancillary or holiday let accommodation'

They added: ‘A flexible association centred round a shocking indifferent home, three of the unique buildings within the grounds (The Guard House, Forge and Shell Cottage) present self-contained cottages and can be ideally used as ancillary or vacation let lodging’

The battery is classified as a scheduled monument which places state protection on the property. Pictured: Shell Cottage on the grounds

The battery is classed as a scheduled monument which locations state safety on the property. Pictured: Shell Cottage on the grounds 

Pictured: The outside of the Guard House on the property where guards would have been stationed when the property was used as a battery

Pictured: The exterior of the Guard House on the property the place guards would have been stationed when the property was used as a battery 

Pictured: A bedroom in the main house with sloped ceilings and wooden beams in the centre of the room

Pictured: A bed room in the principle home with sloped ceilings and wood beams within the centre of the room 

Pictured is the sitting room in the guard house which boasts a fireplace and large windows to let in lots of sunlight

Pictured is the sitting room within the guard home which boasts a hearth and enormous home windows to let in a number of daylight 

‘This fascinating and various property positioned on the western fringe of the favored coastal village of Bembridge additionally lies in shut proximity to Culver Down and an space of excellent pure magnificence, along with Bembridge airport and the attractive seashore at Whitecliff Bay.

‘The grounds prolong to roughly 18 acres and of specific notice, the Listed (Grade II) boat testing facility that was constructed by Sir John Thornycroft, who based the ship constructing firm Thornycroft & Co right here in Bembridge.’

The battery is classed as a scheduled monument which locations state safety on the property.

It is among the many Palmerston Forts constructed on the island to guard it in response to a perceived risk of French invasion.

Steyne Wood Battery had the shortest lively service of any battery or fortification on the Isle of Wight, and was solely armed and in service for 2 years between 1896-1898.

High angle weapons had been positioned inland in order that they had been hidden from an enemy fleet, who wouldn’t have the ability to counter-attack them.

It was constructed with three gun teams, every of two weapons.

It is one of the many Palmerston Forts built on the island to protect it in response to a perceived threat of French invasion. Pictured: One of the bomb shelter entrances on site

It is among the many Palmerston Forts constructed on the island to guard it in response to a perceived risk of French invasion. Pictured: One of the bomb shelter entrances on website 

Aerial shot of Steyne Wood Battery which shows the swimming pool and extensive grounds to be used as gardens

Aerial shot of Steyne Wood Battery which reveals the swimming pool and in depth grounds for use as gardens 

Steyne Wood Battery had the shortest active service of any battery or fortification on the Isle of Wight, and was only armed and in service for two years between 1896-1898

Steyne Wood Battery had the shortest lively service of any battery or fortification on the Isle of Wight, and was solely armed and in service for 2 years between 1896-1898

High angle guns were positioned inland so that they were hidden from an enemy fleet, who would not be able to counter-attack them. It was constructed with three gun groups, each of two guns. Pictured: View from Guard House bedroom

High angle weapons had been positioned inland in order that they had been hidden from an enemy fleet, who wouldn’t have the ability to counter-attack them. It was constructed with three gun teams, every of two weapons. Pictured: View from Guard House bed room 

Pictured: The back area and garden patio of the main house, complete with dining area and a covered seating space

Pictured: The again space and backyard patio of the principle home, full with eating space and a coated seating house 

Pictured: An original shell store which is still on site at the grounds

Pictured: An unique shell retailer which remains to be on website on the grounds

Pictured is 'the annex' which also sits on the expansive property of Steyne Wood Battery in Bembridge

Pictured is ‘the annex’ which additionally sits on the expansive property of Steyne Wood Battery in Bembridge 

The property is surrounded by acres of trees which leave the property feeling remote and secluded

The property is surrounded by acres of timber which go away the property feeling distant and secluded 

Pictured is Forge Cottage - another smaller living space on the large property

Pictured is Forge Cottage – one other smaller residing house on the big property 

Defensive rifle trenches had been emphasised the place infantry would have the ability to advance in entrance of the weapons to defend from enemy assault.

The defence was additionally aided by a metal palisade within the entrance whereas rifle trenches protected the rear of the battery.

The battery’s weapons had been saved in intricate underground bombproof cartridge and shell shops between the weapons.

The battery additionally had a guard room, cell and a caretaker’s quarters succesful to be used as prisoner’s quarters.