Map showing Heavy Anti-Aircraft Battery sites around Manchester

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Map showing Heavy Anti-Aircraft Battery sites around Manchester

Most of the information here is from Pastscape, but I have brought the details of every WWII heavy anti-aircraft battery site around Manchester (to my knowledge) together on one single map for anyone who might be interested in this sort of thing.

Google map links (just zoom in or out) and Ordnance Survey Grid References below.

I don’t know what, if anything, is remaining at these sites. Many now have been built on but some may show visible traces on the ground.

Link the number on the map to the detail below. They are not arranged in any particular order.

1.Prestwich. Heavy Anti-Aircraft Battery H9. Grid ref SD 817 040
maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&ll=53.532453,-2.277716&a…

2.Whitefield, Heavy Anti-Aircraft Battery H9. Grid ref SD 801 053
maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&ll=53.544158,-2.30174&am…

3.Ringway, Heavy Anti-Aircraft Battery H12, Grid ref SJ 820 826
maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&ll=53.339765,-2.271257&a…

4.Levenshulme, Heavy Anti-Aircraft Battery H18, Grid ref SJ 862 942
maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&ll=53.444091,-2.209647&a…

5.Cheetham Hill, Heavy Anti-Aircraft Battery C, Grid ref SD 848 003
maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&ll=53.499215,-2.230525&a…

6.Cheetham Hill, Heavy Anti-Aircraft Battery H16, Grid ref SD 851 006
maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&ll=53.501854,-2.225973&a…

7.Chorlton cum Hardy, Heavy Anti-Aircraft Battery H10, Grid ref SJ 809 937
maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&ll=53.43972,-2.288949&am…

8.Heaton Park, Heavy Anti-Aircraft Battery H15, Grid ref SD 834 037
maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&ll=53.52971,-2.251725&am…

9.Chorlton cum Hardy, Heavy Anti-Aircraft Battery H14, Grid ref SJ 831 934
maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&ll=53.43733,-2.256317&am…

10.Levenshulme, Heavy Anti-Aircraft Battery H21, Grid ref SJ 885 948
maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&ll=53.449637,-2.175336&a…

11.Levenshulme, Heavy Anti-Aircraft Battery H21, Grid ref 888 948
maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&ll=53.450142,-2.169124&a…

12.Moston, Heavy Anti-Aircraft Battery H20, Grid ref SD 880 024
maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&ll=53.518267,-2.182277&a…

13.Baguley, Heavy Anti-Aircraft Battery H11, Grid ref SJ 808 900
maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&ll=53.406564,-2.289534&a…

14.Rusholme, Heavy Anti-Aircraft Battery H18, Grid ref SJ 858 948
maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&ll=53.44993,-2.215033&am…

15.Failsworth, Heavy Anti-Aircraft Battery H22, Grid ref SD 890 015
maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&ll=53.509776,-2.166356&a…

16.Middleton, Heavy Anti-Aircraft Battery H17, Grid ref SD 859 055
maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&ll=53.546166,-2.213702&a…

17.Barton, Heavy Anti-Aircraft Battery H1, Grid ref SJ 747 979
maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&ll=53.477176,-2.382449&a…

18.Barton Moss, Heavy Anti-Aircraft Battery H4, Grid ref SJ 736 984
maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&ll=53.482606,-2.395535&a…

19.Eccles, Heavy Anti-Aircraft Battery H7, Grid ref SJ 778 999
maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&ll=53.495239,-2.336043&a…

20.Eccles, Heavy Anti-Aircraft Battery H4, Grid ref SJ 753 993
maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&ll=53.489501,-2.373744&a…

21.Salford, Heavy Anti-Aircraft Battery H13, Grid ref SJ 821 993
maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&ll=53.489992,-2.268913&a…

22.Salford, Heavy Anti-Aircraft Battery H8, Grid ref SD 801 011
maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&ll=53.505405,-2.30155&am…

23.Walkden, Heavy Anti-Aircraft Battery H3, Grid ref SD 748 022
maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&ll=53.515614,-2.381544&a…

24.Bredbury, Heavy Anti-Aircraft Battery H26, Grid ref SJ 929 921
maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&ll=53.425594,-2.10813&am…

25.Heaton Norris, Heavy Anti-Aircraft Battery H19, Grid ref SJ 879 910
maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&ll=53.415642,-2.183385&a…

26.Littlemoss, Anti-Aircraft Battery H24, Grid ref 915 001
maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&ll=53.497465,-2.129658&a…

27.Audenshaw, Anti-Aircraft Battery H23, Grid ref SJ 913 977
maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&ll=53.475952,-2.132624&a…

28.Denton, Anti-Aircraft Battery H25, Grid ref SJ 922 964
maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&ll=53.464251,-2.118782&a…

29.Carrington Moss, Heavy Anti-Aircraft Battery H5, Grid ref SJ 756 927
maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&ll=53.430491,-2.367253&a…

30.Urmston, Heavy Anti-Aircraft Battery T, Grid ref SJ 761 950
maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&ll=53.451286,-2.361481&a…

31.Chorlton cum Hardy, Heavy Anti-Aircraft Battery H10, Grid ref SJ 806 937
maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&ll=53.439663,-2.293632&a…

32.Urmston, Heavy Anti-Aircraft Battery H6, Grid ref SJ 772 958
maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&ll=53.45839,-2.34468&…

33.Davyhulme, Heavy Anti-Aircraft Battery H2, Grid ref SJ 748 954
maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&ll=53.45463,-2.380678&am…

34.Urmston, Heavy Anti-Aircraft Battery H, Gird ref SJ 770 960
maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&ll=53.460124,-2.347856&a…

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base map from wikipedia commons
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Greater_Manchester_UK_location…

36 comments on “Map showing Heavy Anti-Aircraft Battery sites around Manchester
  1. Highy says:

    Nice work mate, fairly sure there’s a (big!) book listing these – I’ll have a trawl.

  2. salfordlad1 says:

    This is fantastic work Ian..I’ve lived at Besses and Whitefield and of course, Salford..Wonderful to see.

  3. Gizzardtreedude says:

    Excellent information!!!

  4. cgullz says:

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/maycontaintracesofnuts] wow. i’m impressed! and i have a history of being thorough to the point of obsessive. i think maybe i’ve found someone that’s actually better at that than me!! I’m quite overwhelmed by it all.
    Manchester doesn’t make it to the coast? What’s to the west.

  5. Ian D B says:

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/reflectionsreturn] Thanks Mark.
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/angwickham] Thanks Ang too. This isn’t a typical Flickr upload, no photo for people to look at and comment on, I wouldn’t expect most people to be interested in it. It was a paiin to do, but am glad I have. I can use it as a base and add other details to the map in future as well.
    Liverpool is to the west by the way, but Manchester is a port because of the Manchester Ship Canal and the docks at Salford and the warehouses in the centre of Manchester which attracted the bombers.

  6. amyrey says:

    You could have a treasure hunt…. first to visit all the sites is the winner. Would be kinda fun…… I think I’d win.

  7. bazylek100 says:

    It must have been a lot of work, Ian! Well worth the effort though, it’s a great documentation.

    If there were only field heavy a-a gun emplacements, I wouldn’t expect to see any remains today. But, while looking at the google maps links it puzzled me that the original gun batteries locations haven’t been built-up until today.

    By the way, have you seen Vienna Flaktürme?
    http://www.airpower.at/news03/0813_luftkrieg_ostmark/flaktuerme.htm

  8. mick cooke says:

    great work ian some great info there bet a few people can rember them on the map

  9. stiemer says:

    Very informative, are there any remains do you know?

  10. crusader752 says:

    Blimey Ian – top work 🙂

  11. cgullz says:

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/maycontaintracesofnuts] i know what you mean – my whole nznatives stream is like that – purely reference for me!

  12. Ian D B says:

    Thanks guys.

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/stiemer] I have no idea, need to take a look!

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/bazylek] Thanks Robin, yeah have seen photos of that. It is an impressive structure! There were a couple in Berlin, I think one is still there?

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/angwickham] Aye.

  13. jon cummins says:

    My Grand Father was on the Rusholme Battery, and he told me they never fired in anger because of the Percussion damage.

    • Ian D B says:

      Thanks Jon.

      • richard holt says:

        Hi Ian ,fantastic info.I have wondered about these positions for years,now I know.Have you any info on the barrage balloon
        positions,especially around the Irwell valley,Agecroft area?
        For a great photo of Bank lane Heavy AA battery,go to “Britain from above”and search “universal metal”.For a pic of”Crofts bank Heavy AA battery,search “Ford Shadow factory”,also some bomb craters and etc.The shadow factories were the production line for the Merlin Engines,the test bays can clearly be seen at both Davyhulme and Barton Dock Road Plants.
        Cheers Rick

        • Ian D B says:

          Thanks Rick. Will take a look later for barrage balloon positions. Not sure what there is on the internet but I will have a look in my books and e-mail you if I find anything. Britain from Above is a terrific resource isn’t it! I’ll have a look for Ford shadow factory as you suggest. Lots of WWII history around Barton and Trafford.
          Ian

          • Ben says:

            Hi mate where in the barton area out of interest?

          • Ian D B says:

            Hi Ben, at the industrial park and what is now trafford centre, there was lots of essential war work going on – aircraft built at Metro Vicks and Merlin engines built at Ford I think, all industry linked to the sea by the canal. Subsequently the town was heavily bombed by the Luftwaffe.

  14. Michael says:

    At the end of the War my Dad – who had fought in North Africa and been a POW in Italy/Poland – was talking to a guy in uniform in the bar next to the Palace Theatre on Oxford Street. He said he had been on AckAck duties – on the roof of Hulme Barracks – for most of the War. Would this have been a Heavy Anti Aircraft Battery?

    • Ian D B says:

      Hi Michael, that’s likely to have been a light AA gun, a 40mm Bofors gun or a smaller calibre 20 mm Oerlikon if sited on the roof. Heavy AA guns were of 3.7 inch (94mm) calibre.

      It is possible the man was a spotter, watching for German bombers coming close to the barracks so that soldiers would be able to work through an air raid alert in the general area and only take cover if bombers were heading straight for them, which happened more than we probably imagine, most people worked through air raids when a firm had roof spotters. But given it was a barracks, I’d imagine it was a light AA gun.

      Photos below show two light AA guns and a heavy AA gun.
      Ian

      20mm
      7

      40mm
      7

      94mm
      7

  15. Hi Ian,
    Great work! I’m interested in the Prestwich area.
    I know from an eye witness account that there was barrage balloon at Gardner Road Prestwich:
    https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/53%C2%B031'45.6%22N+2%C2%B017'30.1%22W/@53.5293392,-2.293876,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x0

    Wondering if an AA gun and a balloon be positioned together?
    I know there was also a balloon at Philips Park
    (exact location unknown)
    https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/53%C2%B031'53.8%22N+2%C2%B018'24.8%22W/@53.5316162,-2.309089,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x0

    I’d be interested in more info regarding the positions in Bessess and Whitefield (1&2) on your map if you have any.

    Thanks in advance

  16. Rick Holt says:

    Hi Sloopy,ther was another balloon in Drinkwater park near the old tip.The hut for the crew is still there to the left of the road.the Phillips park balloon was in the field behind the seven arches on Phillips park Road.This was demolished about the same time as the motorway was built.Another was further down Phillips park road,just past Overdale House.facing the front of the old Jewish cemetary,the hut is still there.My dad delivered meat to Overdale during WW2,he thought it was a convelescence home for injured airmen.I have been told since it was more than that.Also further towards the Molenuex brow end there was an army place I have been told of.only the gate remains now

  17. Thanks for the info Rick.

  18. Hi Rick, which field near the 7 arches was the balloon in?

    Here’s the Bank Lane, Salford position Rick refers to :

  19. I’ve dragged together some info (from above & from elsewhere on the web) onto this map of the Prestwich area.

    https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=z3ylzMexBAEg.kBym2Lr6ZuG0&usp=sharing

    I also borrowed a copy of AA Command via the library. So I can see that the Prestwich AA position was listed in there as Besses, although the map ref points to Prestwich Heys. It also says the map refs are converted from the “Cassini” grid system into OS grid refs claiming accuracy to 100m if you’re tracking any of this down on the ground.

  20. Colin MacKenzie says:

    My father was based at Salford, Heavy Anti-Aircraft Battery near the start of the war before heading off to Ceylon, Egypt and Italy. Left January 1942 to go to the Far East from Liverpool. I think they were heading to Singapore but re-routed after it fell to the Japanese. He’s been dead almost 30 years now, but did write about walking down Bank Lane and turning left into Park Lane to get to the camp. Any more info/photos of the area for that period would be much appreciated. I think the year before he died (1987), he took a walk down memory lane, as he expected much had changed. He joined the Royal Artillery Territorial Army in Edinburgh in Feb. 1939 at the age of 18 and I think he was posted there shortly after the outbreak of war.

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