Mudchute is a little (if you can call 32 acres little) countryside gem in the heart of East London. It’s a working farm with stables and all sorts of fun farm animals. All the sheep and horses we saw (and smelled…) were a nice throwback to our home in Kuna.
In Mudchute we found that there are several gun emplacements left over from WWII. Many of London’s parks were used for anti-aircraft defense during the war, and Mudchute has converted most them into stalls for the farm animals, but this one was let as an exhibit.
The gun is set down beneath ground level and is surrounded by concrete bunkers, where they stored the ammunition. Most of the guns were operated by remote control, but this unit was run by Captain Fletcher, who won a medal for bravery, the only medal won by someone on British soil. The remote control capabilities broke down after the area was damaged by land mines, but Captain Fletcher took his men to the guns and operated them manually, at great risk.