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HER Number:MDV123878
Name:Battery Gardens, Brixham: Gun Emplacements

Summary

The two 4.7" gun emplacements of the battery linked by tunnels to the war shelter.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 921 569
Map Sheet:SX95NW
Admin AreaTorbay
Civil ParishBrixham
DistrictTorbay
Ecclesiastical ParishBRIXHAM

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Torbay HER: MTO52991

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • GUN EMPLACEMENT (World War II - 1940 AD to 1945 AD)

Full description

Torbay HER record (SMR record). SDV361984.

Two 4.7" de-mounted naval guns formed the main armament of the battery, separated into 2 emplacements linked by a war shelter. The guns are terraced into the slope of the hill; the gun floors are level concrete with semi-circular front aprons facing Torbay defined by low brick walls. The flat roofs are of concrete and steel with canopied visors added as an anti-strafing measure.

The upper gun (No 2), at SX9212 5692, could be accessed via a tunnel from the west side, which preserves the inscription "362 battery, 21/9/1940" at its entrance. A tunnel (now bricked-up) on the east side led to the war shelter which lay between the the two gun emplacements. The shelter though built of splinter-proof concrete was somewhat incongrously sited within the firing line of any enemy offshore. It is now entirely sealed off; the two-window openings being blocked up while the access chamber from the lower gun (No. 1), at SX9215 5692 has been blocked up by bricking up the rear wall entrance. A further tunnel on its SE side leading to its magazine has also been sealed. [1] [2]

Both gun emplacements are used as park shelters within the gardens, and are subject to vandalism and graffitti.


<1> Coleman, R., 1989, The Purpose and History of the Battery at Battery Gardens, Brixham (Monograph). SDV362008.

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<2> Phil Newman, 2001, Battery Gardens, Brixham, Devon: An Archaeological Survey, p.4-6; Fig 2; Pl 3-6 (Report - Survey). SDV362290.

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Sources / Further Reading

SDV361984SMR record: Torbay HER record.
SDV362008Monograph: Coleman, R.. 1989. The Purpose and History of the Battery at Battery Gardens, Brixham.
SDV362290Report - Survey: Phil Newman. 2001. Battery Gardens, Brixham, Devon: An Archaeological Survey. p.4-6; Fig 2; Pl 3-6.

Associated Monuments

MDV123750Part of: Battery Gardens, Fishcombe Road/Northfields Lane, Brixham (Monument)
MDV52991Related to: GUN EMPLACEMENT in the Parish of (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7848 - Archaeological Survey by Phil Newman - May 2001

Date Last Edited:Feb 26 2019 6:49PM