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HER Number:MDV12
Name:Stone Revetted Platform at North East Point, Lundy


Small earthen gun platform set towards the bottom of the cliff slope at North East Point.


Grid Reference:SS 135 480
Map Sheet:SS14NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishLundy
Ecclesiastical ParishLUNDY

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Trust SMR: 108006
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS14NW/1
  • Old SAM County Ref: 734
  • Old SAM Ref: 27646
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SS14NW/SW1

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BATTERY (XVII - 1601 AD to 1700 AD (Between))

Full description

Chanter, J. R., 1877, Untitled Source, 45-6 (Monograph). SDV7861.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1962 - 1977, SS14NW/SW1 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV344687.

Some 50 feet above sea level is a small earthen gun platform, now ruined. Possibly associated with building 50 metres to west.

Anonymous, 1965 - 1966, Archaeological Gazetteer, 32 (Article in Serial). SDV6867.

Gardner, K. S., 1967, Untitled Source, 21 (Article in Serial). SDV6937.

The 17th century military works here were surveyed by the Lundy Field Society in 1967.

Gardner, K. S., 1968, Lundy Archaeological Investigations 1967, 41 (Article in Serial). SDV6944.

Hurst, D. G., 1968, Untitled Source, 175-6 (Article in Serial). SDV8366.

Ministry of Works, 1969, Lundy, Battery at North East Point (Schedule Document). SDV344686.

Remains of battery on natural level in side of cliff overlooking north and east sides of the island. Similar to the platform above Jenny's Cave. A platform of turf 5 yards square revetted with drystone wall 2-3 feet high on three sides.

National Trust, 1989, Lundy, Devon. Vol. One, 28-9 (Report - Survey). SDV1275.

A level turf platform on a rock buttress at foot of steep slopes at north-east point, about 50 feet above sea level, approximately 5.0 metres square and revetted with drystone wall, now ruined. Other details: 101,048.

Department for Culture, Media and Sport, 1998, Battery on North East Point, Lundy (Schedule Document). SDV6940.

Stone revetted platform on a natural spur of the cliff. It lies about 20 metres above sea level and was built as a defensive gun platform. Platform is 5 metres square and has a ruined drystone wall around the perimeter, in places up to 0.75 metres high. It is difficult to access and provides good oversight of the sea to to the north and east. The platform survives well forming an integral part of the elaborate system of gunnery platforms surrounding the island.

National Trust, 1998, The National Trust Sites and Monuments Record. Compressed Site Reports. Lundy. SMR Sites Nos 108000-108150, 108006 (Report - non-specific). SDV344688.

Square shaped ruins of a possible civil war battery. This revetted platform is set towards the bottom of the cliff slope at North East Point, on a natural level in the rock and commands views of the island's north and east coasts. Similar in construction to the so-called 'mangonel platform' above Jenny's Cove, it is formed by dry-stone revetments on three sides, enclosing an area approximately 3 metres square, the seaward edge being rounded. Revetments contain the occasional long stone, one on the west side being over 1 metre in length. The revetments faces stand up to 1 metre high. It has been suggested that the walls may originally have been built with mortar, which has since earthered out. The platform lies 56 metres east of, and at roughly the same height above sea level as the Puffin Slope Building and the two sites are connected by a rough track. It is possible that the two sites are contemporary and their functions connected. Although it has been suggested that the site is a possible civil war gun platform, the difficulty of access makes this perhaps an unlikely site for canon and that it was more likely a lookout or musketeer platform.

Ordnance Survey, 2010, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV344030.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV1275Report - Survey: National Trust. 1989. Lundy, Devon. Vol. One. National Trust Archaeological Survey Report. 1. A4 Stapled + Digital. 28-9.
SDV344030Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2010. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #79307 ]
SDV344686Schedule Document: Ministry of Works. 1969. Lundy, Battery at North East Point. The Schedule of Monuments. Foolscap.
SDV344687Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1962 - 1977. SS14NW/SW1. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV344688Report - non-specific: National Trust. 1998. The National Trust Sites and Monuments Record. Compressed Site Reports. Lundy. SMR Sites Nos 108000-108150. The National Trust Sites and Monuments Record. A4 Stapled + Digital. 108006.
SDV6867Article in Serial: Anonymous. 1965 - 1966. Archaeological Gazetteer. Lundy Field Society Annual Report. 17. Unknown. 32.
SDV6937Article in Serial: Gardner, K. S.. 1967. Archaeological Review. 2. Unknown. 21.
SDV6940Schedule Document: Department for Culture, Media and Sport. 1998. Battery on North East Point, Lundy. The Schedule of Monuments. A4 Stapled.
SDV6944Article in Serial: Gardner, K. S.. 1968. Lundy Archaeological Investigations 1967. Lundy Field Society Annual Report. 19. Unknown. 41.
SDV7861Monograph: Chanter, J. R.. 1877. Lundy Island. Unknown. 45-6.
SDV8366Article in Serial: Hurst, D. G.. 1968. Post-Medieval Archaeology. 2. Unknown. 175-6.

Associated Monuments

MDV14587Related to: MILITARY BUILDING in the Parish of Lundy (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Sep 29 2010 2:09PM