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HER Number:MDV123879
Name:Battery Gardens, Brixham: Battery Observation Post


2-storey Battery Observation Post which was the command and control centre of the battery.


Grid Reference:SX 921 568
Map Sheet:SX95NW
Admin AreaTorbay
Civil ParishBrixham
Ecclesiastical ParishBRIXHAM

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Torbay HER: MTO52992

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • OBSERVATION POST (World War II - 1940 AD to 1945 AD)

Full description

Torbay HER record (SMR record). SDV361984.

Battery Observation Post. A 2-storey structure of reinforced concrete built in 1940. It is set into the cliff so that its flat roof is level with the road (North Furzeham Road). High precision range finders were housed in the upper storey, which acted as the centre of communications with the searchlight positions and guns. A Bar and Stroud range finder was housed in the lower part of the building. This building formed the operational focal point of the Emergency Coastal Defence battery here. The commander's accomodation was at the rear of the upper storey [1].

Plans and plates are in [2]. To the west was a small brick-built structure which housed an additional range-finder (SX95NW/93/2/1).

List description ref. 1946-1/2/1005 not yet in blue back.

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


<2> Phil Newman, 2001, Battery Gardens, Brixham, Devon: An Archaeological Survey, p. 8-9; Fig. 4; Pl. 9 & plan (Report - Survey). SDV362290.


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. 8-9; Fig. 4; Pl. 9 & plan.

Associated Monuments

MDV123999Parent of: Battery Gardens, Brixham: Auxiliary Range-Finder building (Building)
MDV123750Part of: Battery Gardens, Fishcombe Road/Northfields Lane, Brixham (Monument)
MDV52992Related to: OBSERVATION POST in the Parish of (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7848 - Archaeological Survey by Phil Newman - May 2001

Date Last Edited:Feb 26 2019 6:49PM