Hightown Point at Fort Crosby
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Hightown Point is now at the site that once was Fort Crosby.
After making your way to Hightown, park at the rear of 'Alt 2000' off Lower Alt Road (N53 31.495',W03 03.775'). A walk of just over half a mile lays ahead, but it's all dune, sand and loose brick, so wear boots. On the way you'll see the Blundellsands Sailing Club and great marshes. Better info on this can be found here, (visit link)
The cache itself is hidden underneath a piece of the remains of the Fort. And there are lots of the remains in the way of slabs of concrete, small bits of wall and steel and wire twists sticking out of the dune. Walk with care.
Warning: The area of Fort Crosby has close trails, so peeps out walking may have to be dodged.
Fort Crosby: building began 1906. It had a cinema, church, hospital & football pitch. Prisoners left the camp by 1950. The TA used it until 1954. The base was closed in 1957 and blown up in 1967.
Fort Crosby was headquarters for the Lancashire and Cheshire Heavy Brigade of the Artillery, as well as for the Mersey and Barrow defences. After the 1st World War it was used as a training centre; there was a regular Major in command and about 40 gunners to man it. They also looked after the defences of Walney Island off Barrow-in-Furness. The original compliment of guns were two 6inch Mark VII guns, the same as installed at Perch Rock. The Fort was never in action during the 2nd World War but examined shipping coming into the area. However the battery grew to include a well dispersed system of searchlights, barracks & anti-aircraft guns. After the war Fort Crosby was used to house German POW's; it had a cinema which showed German & English films, and proved to be popular with local residents. Every Christmas the German POW's would put on a concert at the Industrial School.
As always, if you go at sunset you will be treated to a glorious sunset. If you go at high tide you will be treated to seeing boats bobbing all over the place.
We hope you enjoy this new location.
The Geo Trio are indebted to Andrew Lee-Hart, Local History Unit of Crosby Library for the Fort's pictures.
(No hints available.)
- Fort Crosby, c1950
- Fort Crosby, March 1957An officer from 253 Crane Operating Squadron, RE, TA watches as 20 pounds of explosive shatter an outlying concrete block-house.
- GPS on concreteThe Legend on one of the many pieces of Fort Crosby concrete and stone.
- Scramble!Soldiers and auxiliary staff at Fort Crosby are scrambled during a German air raid over Fort Crosby.
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum