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promontory fort was used as a searchlight emplacement, and there are the remains of circular pits which protected the men and their Lewis guns. In the fi eld close to the 1914- 1918 war memorial overlooking Freshwater West can be seen remnants of the Gravel Bay anti-aircraft battery - four gun emplacements and a command post. Rusty metal sticking out of the dunes adjacent to the path from the north car park to the beach is all that now remains of anti-invasion beach obstacles cleared and buried by German prisoners of war.


Angle Windmill (SM 866 019): T e disused and truncated windmill overlooking Angle was converted into a defence post during the war by the insertion of a concrete fl oor and machine- gun loops. It formed part of the defences of the adjacent Battle Headquarters, a semi- underground building hidden in the hedge beyond and now covered by undergrowth. In the event of a ground attack on Angle airfi eld, this bunker would have been the defence centre. T e windmill, which has recently been restored, is on private land but is easily viewed from the minor road leading to the village.


Popton Fort (SM 894 037): Built on a commanding headland overlooking Angle Bay and Milford Haven, Popton Fort was completed in August 1865 at a cost of just over £76,700. It had accommodation for ten offi cers (including one Field Offi cer), fi ve Staff Sergeants, 158 NCOs and Privates in the barracks, 86 NCOs and Privates in the casemates and six married men. T e casemates contained eleven nine- inch, 12 ton RML guns, and there were also six seven-inch Moncrieff guns in their pits above the casemates. Other armaments included an open battery consisting of a ten-inch, 18 ton RML gun together with nine nine-inch 12 ton RML guns, and a separate battery comprising two seven-inch RBL guns. T e armament was never brought up to modern standard and the fort was abandoned early in the 20th century and gradually fell into decay.


It was


purchased by the BP Oil Company in 1959 and thoroughly restored, with the hexagonal barracks building being used as offi ces and stores. T e fort and casemates are now the property of Texaco.


Gun Post and BHQ, Angle Windmill


West Caponier Interior, passageway from N.West - Popton Fort


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