Haunted: The Verne High Angle Battery, Portland, Dorset
Stewart | On 27, Nov 2017
The Haunting of the Verne High Angle Battery
You’ll find the Verne High Angle Battery situated at the end of New Ground on Isle of Portland in Dorset.
The Grade II listed battery dates back to 1892 when it was first built to protect Portland Harbour.
It was constructed in a disused quarry to keep it out of direct sight of any enemy ships.
The ‘high angle’ refers to the RML 9 inch 12 ton guns which were positioned within the battery.
They were designed to fire shells at a steep angle so that they would drop onto an enemy ship’s unprotected deck where they would cause the most damage.
The battery was decommissioned in 1906 and today it has been left to fall into a state of disrepair.
Locally, the battery’s tunnels have gained the nickname of the Ghost Tunnels because they’re believed to be haunted.
Local children exploring the tunnels have reported hearing ghostly voices, have small stones thrown at them and have seen the ghostly figure of a man standing by the entrance of one of the tunnels.
On a couple of occasions, men exploring the tunnels have reported to have a light bleeding flesh wound suddenly appear on their foreheads!
Alex Woodward (2011) Haunted Weymouth. The History Press