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HER Number:MDV123811
Name:Southern musketry wall at Berry Head Fort No. 1, Brixham


A section of the south musketry wall survives. As its east end has not been squared off, it may once have continued further eastwards.


Grid Reference:SX 941 560
Map Sheet:SX95NW
Admin AreaTorbay
Civil ParishBrixham
Ecclesiastical ParishBRIXHAM

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Torbay HER: MTO44731

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • WALL (Built, XVIII to XIX - 1794 AD to 1804 AD (Between))

Full description

Pye, A.R., 1989, Berry Head Fort, Brixham. An Archaeological Assessment, 34 (Report - Assessment). SDV362497.

Portions of the musketry walls on the seaward sides remain.

Pye, A.R. & Slater, W.D., 1990, Berry Head Fort, Brixham, An Archaeological Survey, 10-11 (Report - Survey). SDV362493.

A 49.0 metre section of the southern musketry wall survives; its east end has not been squared off so it my have continued further eastwards. Built of roughly dressed limestone rubble battered to an angle of 85 degrees, with a vertical masonry parapet 1.5 metres high, 0.5 metres thick, the garde-foux matches the revetment of the southwest section of the rampart with which it forms a continuous build. Behind the parapet is a narrow banquette 1.0 metres wide. This is only present west of the oven house and has been disturbed/obscured by the spoil tips of the 1961-2 kitchen excavations.

Historic England, 2021, National Heritage List for England, 1293272 (National Heritage List for England). SDV364016.

Ramparts, counterscarp revetment, glacis, musketry wall of southern fort.
The southern, seaward, side of the fort is mostly protected by steep cliffs, but at the western end a stretch of stone rubble musketry wall survives.
See listing description for further details.
Date first listed: 18th October 1949. Date of last amendment: 18th October 1993

Sources / Further Reading

SDV362493Report - Survey: Pye, A.R. & Slater, W.D.. 1990. Berry Head Fort, Brixham, An Archaeological Survey. Exeter Museums Archaeological Field Unit Report. EMAFU 90.10. Hardcopy + Digital. 10-11.
Linked documents:1
SDV362497Report - Assessment: Pye, A.R.. 1989. Berry Head Fort, Brixham. An Archaeological Assessment. Exeter Museums Archaeological Field Unit. EMAFU 89.04. Hardcopy + Digital. 34.
Linked documents:1
SDV364016National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2021. National Heritage List for England. Digital. 1293272.

Associated Monuments

MDV20083Part of: Berry Head Fort No. 1, Brixham (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7839 - Excavations by John Horsley - 1961/2

Date Last Edited:Feb 13 2021 4:14PM