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HER Number:MDV123747
Name:Parkfield Loopholed Wall


A loopholed wall


Grid Reference:SX 893 611
Map Sheet:SX86SE
Admin AreaTorbay
Civil ParishTorbay
Ecclesiastical ParishPAIGNTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Torbay HER: MTO39414

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • LOOPHOLED WALL (World War II - 1939 AD to 1945 AD (Between))

Full description

Torbay HER record (SMR record). SDV361984.

The wall is situated at the east side of the entrance to Parkfield, Esplanade Road, Paignton; it is approximately 6 feet high, 24 feet long and has four gun slits with a 90 degree sweep of fire. This wall defence was manned by the Torbay 10th Battalion C Company as described in 'On Guard!' - the book of the 10th (Torbay) Battalion Devon Home Guard.[1][2]
Later the house with others in the area was associated with the U.S. military use of the area; there was also a light aircraft landing strip beside the sands.[3]
This site is in very good condition. It is well maintained as it forms the boundary wall of a hotel. It is highly visible now as it has been white-washed.Some ivy growth is visible along the top of the wall which should be monitored.[4][5]

<1> Ford, M., 1998, Home Guard Southern Defence Wall (Paignton Sea Front), report form (* Torbay Report - Interim/Research/Specialist). SDV362163.


<2> Ford, M.J., 07 Feb 1998, Paignton Green loopholed wall (Photograph). SDV362222.


<3> Hellis, J., 1990, Defensive Sites (Un-published). SDV362165.


<4> Fiorato, V.J., 1999, Paignton Green Defensive Wall, site record form (Personal Comment). SDV362162.


<5> Fiorato, V.J., 1999, Loop-holed wall on Preston Green, T4 (Photograph). SDV362166.


Sources / Further Reading

SDV361984SMR record: Torbay HER record.
SDV362163* Torbay Report - Interim/Research/Specialist: Ford, M.. 1998. Home Guard Southern Defence Wall (Paignton Sea Front). . report form.
SDV362222Photograph: Ford, M.J.. 07 Feb 1998. Paignton Green loopholed wall. .
SDV362165Un-published: Hellis, J.. 1990. Defensive Sites.
SDV362162Personal Comment: Fiorato, V.J.. 1999. Paignton Green Defensive Wall. site record form.
SDV362166Photograph: Fiorato, V.J.. 1999. Loop-holed wall on Preston Green. T4.

Associated Monuments

MDV39414Related to: LOOPHOLED WALL in the Parish of (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7667 - Site visits to World War II Monuments
  • EDV7779 - Site visits by V. Fiorato: July 1999 - Feb 2000

Date Last Edited:Feb 26 2019 6:38PM