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AA Battery Limekilnburn Viewfield

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A postwar anti-aircraft battery was sited to the south of Hamilton, near Limekilnburn. Site number CD36a. Part of the , the site was also known as Viewfield.

See also the page for AA Battery Limekilnburn Thorniehill, a World War II battery located in the same area, a few metres to the south.

The area is said to remain above any mist that forms in the valley, and that aircraft were stationed there during both world wars. Subsequent to World War I, the site is said to have been the winter home of a flying circus (unnamed).

The battery was equipped with four advanced emplacements each containing an engine room and computer room, and would have mounted 5.25-inch guns. Further buildings on the site would have included an engine room, a computer and radar room, and an accommodation camp for the crews.

Records indicate that the guns were mounted in 1952, visible in RAF aerial photographs taken in 1954, but had been removed by July 1956 and disposed of as scrap by McConnell of Coatbridge.

The remains of the four gun emplacements, some of which are flooded, survive on the site, together with a number of related buildings. Parts of the perimeter fence also remain, as does a small wood of fir trees, which would probably have been planted to screen the battery site

Visited in 2006, the remains were observed to be under increasing pressure from adjacent private development, with individual houses (as opposed to a housing development) being built on the land immediately adjacent to the battery.

As of 2008, development of the site could be seen to be ongoing, with construction echoing the layout and plan of the original emplacement structure. The photographs shown on this page were generously provided by a visitor with access to the location which, being residential, is therefore private and cannot be wandered upon like public land. But you can always knock the door and ask nicely.

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Viewfield development, 2013
Viewfield development
© Elliott Simpson

As suggested by earlier notes regarding this site, the emplacements have been retained for development, and the result can be seen in the photograph to the right, where an impressive home has been completed following the form of the original emplacement closest to Muttonhole Road.

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