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New Breakwater A Pier Head

Hob Uid: 1425471
Location :
Dorset
Weymouth And Portland
Portland
Grid Ref : SY7052007633
Summary : New Breakwater A Pier Head coastal battery, built as part of Portland's coastal defences. The battery opened in 1901 and was armed with two 12-pounder quick-firing (QF) guns for anti-torpedo craft defence. In 1944 emplacements were constructed to replace the 12-pounder guns with 6-pounders, which were mounted by 1954. A field visit in 1983 found the structure had been demolished.
More information : Coast artillery battery. 2 x 12pdr. 12ctw. Mk 1 guns (1940) and 1 x twin 6pdrs. QF 10ctw. guns. No.1 Gun coastal battery. Breakwater still in reasonable condition. [information from 1963 aerial photographs]. 'A' Head, North Eastern Breakwater (Middle Arm), Portland. (1)

A Pier Head coastal battery located at SY 706 763 on the southern tip of the detatched or New Breakwater. The battery opened in 1901 and was armed with two 12-pounder quick-firing (QF) guns for anti-torpedo craft defence. In 1944 emplacements were constructed to replace the 12-pounder guns with 6-pounders, which were mounted by 1954. During the Second World War it was manned by 106 Battery of 522 Coast Regiment. B Pier Head Battery was located at SY 696 773 and C Pier Head Battery at SY 695 774. (2-3)

Sources :
Source Number : 1
Source : Migrated Defence of Britain Project database record originally compiled from various sources
Source details : The two databases developed by the Project can be searched on-line through the Archaeology Data Service at http://ads.ahds.ac.uk/catalogue/specColl/dob/index.cfm
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Source Number : 2
Source : Twentieth century fortifications in England. Volume 6.1. Coast Artillery, 1900-1956
Source details :
Page(s) : 176-181
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Vol(s) : 6.1
Source Number : 3
Source : Twentieth century fortifications in England. Volume 6.2. Coast Artillery, 1900-1956
Source details :
Page(s) : 271
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Vol(s) : 6.2

Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Early 20th Century
Display Date : Opened in 1901
Monument End Date :
Monument Start Date : 1901
Monument Type : Coast Artillery Battery, Coastal Battery
Evidence : Documentary Evidence
Monument Period Name : First World War
Display Date : First World War
Monument End Date : 1918
Monument Start Date : 1914
Monument Type : Coastal Battery
Evidence : Documentary Evidence
Monument Period Name : Mid 20th Century
Display Date : New guns installed by 1954
Monument End Date : 1954
Monument Start Date : 1954
Monument Type : Coastal Battery
Evidence : Documentary Evidence
Monument Period Name : Second World War
Display Date : Second World War
Monument End Date : 1945
Monument Start Date : 1939
Monument Type : Coastal Battery
Evidence : Documentary Evidence

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : DoB Anti Invasion Database UID
External Cross Reference Number : S0011286
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SY 77 NW 15
External Cross Reference Notes :

Related Warden Records :
Associated Monuments : 1425450
Relationship type : General association
Associated Monuments : 1425451
Relationship type : General association

Related Activities :
Associated Activities : THE DEFENCE OF BRITAIN PROJECT
Activity type : MEASURED SURVEY
Start Date : 1995-04-01
End Date : 2002-03-01
Associated Activities : LANDSCAPES OF WAR RECORDING PROJECT
Activity type : MEASURED SURVEY
Start Date : 2008-01-01
End Date : 2009-12-31