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HER Number:MDV123886
Name:Battery Gardens, Brixham: Battery Searchlight emplacement


Emplacement for one of the two battery searchlights


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

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Torbay HER: MTO52999

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • COAST ARTILLERY SEARCHLIGHT (World War II - 1940 AD to 1945 AD)

Full description

Torbay HER record (SMR record). SDV361984.

One of two emplacements positioned to the north of, and in front of, the battery guns and as close as possible to the waterline. The lights were CASL type arc lights, about 3ft across, and remoted controlled from the BOP (SX95NW/93/2). The emplacements were about 5m square built of brick with bomb-proof flat foofs which probably had protective steel shutters to prevent aerial strafing. Earthing up protedcted the sides, which in turn was roughly stone-revetted; this was one was built into the natural slope for added protection. [1][2]

The cutaway sides have been bricked up to prevent collapse; the open front allows re-use as a shelter.

<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. 6-7; fig. 3; pl 7-8 & 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. 6-7; fig. 3; pl 7-8 & plan.

Associated Monuments

MDV123750Part of: Battery Gardens, Fishcombe Road/Northfields Lane, Brixham (Monument)
MDV52999Related to: SEARCHLIGHT BATTERY 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