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HER Number:MDV20081
Name:Sentry Box at Berry Head Fort No. 3, Brixham


Late 18th century octagonal sentry box. Built of roughly dressed limestone with a conical roof and divided into 4 recesses for the sentries. It protected the original entrance to the adjacent artillery magazine.


Grid Reference:SX 294 056
Map Sheet:SX20NE
Admin AreaTorbay
Civil ParishBrixham
Ecclesiastical ParishBRIXHAM

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX95NW/4/2
  • Old SAM County Ref: 245
  • Tide Project: 31/07/2020
  • Torbay HER: MTO20081

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • SENTRY BOX (Built, XVIII - 1780 AD (Between) to 1798 AD (Between))

Full description

County Borough of Torbay, 1967, Berry Head, 22-24 (Monograph). SDV362520.

Plan and photo with brief description.

Department of Environment, 1975, Borough of Torbay, 3 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV362418.

Octagonal stone sentry box to north of coastguard lookout.

Pye, A.R., 1989, Berry Head Fort, Brixham. An Archaeological Assessment, 16, 35, Pl. 12 (Report - Assessment). SDV362497.

The sentry box survives.

Pye, A.R. & Slater, W.D., 1990, Berry Head Fort, Brixham, An Archaeological Survey, 6, 22, Fig. 22, Pl. 21-22 (Report - Survey). SDV362493.

Sentry box located immediately north of the original northern entrance of the magazine enclosure. It may date to the original probable establishment of the magazine in circa 1780, although it is not shown on a plan of that date. It probably belongs to the early Napoleonic period, 1794-98, before the blocking of the original entrance to the magazine would have made it redundant.
It is an octagonal structure built of roughly dressed limestone with a plinth around its base and a conical roof. In between each of the 4 cubicles is a small square opening at head height. These have wooden lintels, and appear to be original.
In very good condition.

Watts, M. + S., 2020, Berry Head Fort No. 3 (Ground Photograph). SDV363853.

Photos of buildings and structures within the former Napoleonic fort.

Ordnance Survey, 2020, MasterMap 2020 (Cartographic). SDV363413.

Octagonal building shown.

Historic England, 2020, National Heritage List for England, 1208199 (National Heritage List for England). SDV363414.

Sentry box in northern fort. Circa 1780 or 1794-8. Coursed limestone rubble. Low pyramidal stone slab roof. Small octagonal building with 4 open-fronted, triangular recesses for sentries. Single storey.
See listing description for full details.
Date first listed: 10th January 1975

Sources / Further Reading

SDV362418List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1975. Borough of Torbay. Historic Houses Register. 3.
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. 6, 22, Fig. 22, Pl. 21-22.
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. 16, 35, Pl. 12.
Linked documents:1
SDV362520Monograph: County Borough of Torbay. 1967. Berry Head. Berry Head. Paperback. 22-24.
SDV363413Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2020. MasterMap 2020. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #126666 ]
SDV363414National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2020. National Heritage List for England. Digital. 1208199.
SDV363853Ground Photograph: Watts, M. + S.. 2020. Berry Head Fort No. 3. Digital.
Linked images:14

Associated Monuments

MDV20080Part of: Berry Head Fort No. 3, Brixham (Monument)
MDV42871Related to: Coastguard lookout, formerly an artillery magazine, at Berry Head, Brixham (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7832 - Documentary research on the Berry Head Fort
  • EDV7834 - Archaeological Assessment of the Berry Head Forts
  • EDV7835 - Archaeological Survey of the Berry Head Forts

Date Last Edited:Mar 28 2024 6:16PM