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HER Number:MDV127771
Name:Concrete platform below the coastal battery, Dartmouth Point

Summary

A level stone and concrete platform on rocks to the south of the coastal battery. It may have been the site of a pillbox or a searchlight or perhaps the remains of a feature associated with the Dartmouth swimming club or with an earlier phase of the battery.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 886 502
Map Sheet:SX85SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishDartmouth
DistrictSouth Hams

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Tide Project: 16/07/2020

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • PLATFORM (Constructed, XIX to Late 20th Century - 1801 AD to 2000 AD (Between))

Full description

Batty, M., 2003, South Devon Coast Path Project: a study of the archaeology along the coast path in the South Hams from Staddon Heights to Sharkham Point, 83 (Un-published). SDV336214.

A concrete apron was noted on rocks below the coastal battery at SX88695023.

GeoInformation Group Ltd, 2010, 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution) (Aerial Photograph). SDV346026.

Two sub-rectangular level areas are visible but they are not clearly differentiated from the natural bedrock.

Hegarty, C., Knight, S. and Sims, R., 2013 - 2014, South Devon Coast RCZAS National Mapping Programme Project Site Visit (Site Visit). SDV351142.

A split level concrete platform, apparently on a walled base, is visible from the sea.

Hegarty, C. + Knight, S. + Sims, R., 2013-2014, South Devon Coast Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey National Mapping Programme Project (Interpretation). SDV351146.

A split level platform, built into the bedrock at SX8869550253, is visible from the sea. Stone appears to have been used to build up above the rock where necessary, then capped with concrete. The platform was not recorded from aerial photographs during the survey, but a level area can be discerned on the sortie taken in 2010. The lower level on the eastern side is roughly rectangular in plan, circa 5 by 3 metres, and the western part is more difficult to define, but measures 4 by possibly 6 metres. The platform is sited below and to the south of Dartmouth Castle, and it is possible that it could be the base for a Second World War searchlight.

Sharpe, A., 2016, Dartmouth Castle, Devon. Conservation Management Plan 2016, Gazetteer No. 20 (Report - Assessment). SDV361934.

Possible site of a pillbox or the remains of a feature associated with the Dartmouth swimming club or with an earlier phase of the coastal battery.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV336214Un-published: Batty, M.. 2003. South Devon Coast Path Project: a study of the archaeology along the coast path in the South Hams from Staddon Heights to Sharkham Point. Mixed Archive Material. 83.
SDV346026Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. Digital.
SDV351142Site Visit: Hegarty, C., Knight, S. and Sims, R.. 2013 - 2014. South Devon Coast RCZAS National Mapping Programme Project Site Visit. AC Archaeology. Digital.
SDV351146Interpretation: Hegarty, C. + Knight, S. + Sims, R.. 2013-2014. South Devon Coast Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey National Mapping Programme Project. AC Archaeology Report. Digital. [Mapped feature: #124631 ]
Linked documents:1
SDV361934Report - Assessment: Sharpe, A.. 2016. Dartmouth Castle, Devon. Conservation Management Plan 2016. Cornwall Archaeological Unit. A4 Comb Bound + Digital. Gazetteer No. 20.

Associated Monuments

MDV55300Related to: Coastal Battery, Dartmouth Castle (Monument)
MDV127684Related to: Dartmouth Castle (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Jul 16 2020 3:42PM