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HER Number:MDV20090
Name:Shooting range butts on Berry Head Common, Brixham

Summary

The butts of the 19th century shooting range on Berry Head Common are still visible. The range was used by Brixham Artillery volunteers. Shooting positions are known but not visible.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 941 561
Map Sheet:SX95NW
Admin AreaTorbay
Civil ParishBrixham
Civil ParishTorbay
DistrictTorbay
Ecclesiastical ParishBRIXHAM

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX95NW/56
  • Torbay HER: MTO20090

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BUTTS (XIX - 1865 AD to 1886 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1904 - 1906, Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map (Cartographic). SDV325644.

'Targets' marked at the southern end of the rifle range.

Hawkins, M.R., 1973, Berry Head Management Plan, Zone E (Ec) (Report - Interim). SDV362518.

The butts of the 19th century shooting range on Berry Head Common are still visible. The range was used by Brixham Artillery volunteers. Shooting positions are known but not visible.

Pye, A.R., 1989, Berry Head Fort, Brixham. An Archaeological Assessment, 13, 38 (Report - Assessment). SDV362497.

The butts (firing positions) of a rifle range are shown on the 1906 Ordnance Survey map at 200 and 300 yards. These were apparently removed in the 1970s. The rifle range dates to between 1865 (it is not shown on the Ordnance Survey map of this date) and 1886, when access to and use of it was stipulated in the deed of sale of the common and forts to Hogg. It went out of use between l906 and l938.

Pye, A.R. & Slater, W.D., 1990, Berry Head Fort, Brixham, An Archaeological Survey, 7 (Report - Survey). SDV362493.

Established 1865-1886.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV325644Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1904 - 1906. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #128677 ]
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. 7.
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. 13, 38.
Linked documents:1
SDV362518Report - Interim: Hawkins, M.R.. 1973. Berry Head Management Plan. Parks Committee of the County Borough of Torbay. Zone E (Ec).

Associated Monuments

MDV105448Related to: Rifle Range on Berry Head Common, Brixham (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Jun 4 2021 5:15PM