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Armoury Shooting Range - Lewes Bonfire Night Celebrations
March 24, 2015 at 9:55 pm by v
This is an old armoury and rifle shooting range in Plumpton on the Sussex Downs and the story goes a bit like this, I drive past this little brick building on farmland at least six times a week and have already posted snaps of it on here as a keepers cottage/house. But I wasn’t happy with my description so I found the farmer a couple of weeks ago and asked him “What is that little building” I was well surprised when he said “An old armoury for the Gentry and the remains of the targets and bunker are still there up there on the hill”
We failed to find the targets last week but found something else interesting instead and we will be returning very soon to that one. I saw the farmer again a couple of days ago and explained to him what we had seen and he told me what it was, he also put me in the right direction of the shooting target range. So off we went today for a second attempt at finding it and after climbing up a deceivingly steep hill and taking many puffs of my blue ventolin inhaler, serious dreams of pure oxygen and my back giving me serious grief we found it.
There is there, the remains of four target lifts, pulleys and chains, there is also the remains of the safety bunker whilst shooting was in progress. The bunker looks like it was made with lime mortar as opposed to concrete and it also had a roof of some description, I`m guessing that it was built around 1850. The distance between my guessed firing position and the targets which are about 200ft up on the hill is around a 1000ft.
“Was it worth the effort of my back giving up or a possible asthma/heart attack” I hear some of you saying, Well yes it was as it happens, It might not be impressive, photogenic or on the urbex tourist map but it is still history and it is fresh on the urbex map as far as I can tell and it was also a good workout Lol. Any corrections or more info would be more than welcome. Visited with my Son in Law and Grandson.
The first five photos in the set are of the armoury itself, The targets are in amongst the triangular shaped group of dark evergreen trees in the centre of photo six, Photo number seven shows the view from the targets to the firing point which would have been roughly in front of the house that is in the centre of the photo. The rest of them are all of the target area and safety bunker.
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