On the east coast of England stands a once-powerful symbol of Britain’s strength. It’s former might defeated by something more dominant and violent, a force that will always win, the relentless swell of the North Sea.
Giant monoliths protruding from the sand as if discarded by some ancient civilisation, these are the remains of Godwin Battery.
In 1914 with a real fear of attack from the sea, defences along Britain’s coastline were bolstered. Godwin Battery was one of those defensive positions.
Built from hardened concrete, 300 metres from the beach it was designed to protect the Humber Estuary from the German fleet.
Huge circular bastions housed two 9.2 inch Mark X guns, replaced with 4 inch Mark IX guns in 1940.
The guns were never called into action and in 1959 the site was sold and converted from a defensive position to a caravan park.
Threatening towns and villages along the Yorkshire coast, erosion tears away the land at an alarming rate, about 3.5 metres a year, the fastest rate in Europe.
Waves shred the cliffs, engulfing them and dispersing the remnants along the coast. With climate change comes rising seas causing more land to fall victim to the savage sea.
The devastation along the east coast is proof of nature’s power, evidence that our time on earth is temporary and the record of civilisation will, in time, be swept aside.
Can anything be done to halt the advance? For the dystopian looking Godwin Battery it is too late, the sea has reclaimed it.
*Equipment used: Canon 5D Mk IV, Canon 24-105mm f4 Lens, Canon 16-35mm f2.8 Lens. LEE IRND Filters, LEE Grad Filters, LEE Polarizer Filter.