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HER Number:MDV39382
Name:Blockhouse at Renney Battery, Wembury


Large 12-sideD pillbox, one of three built around perimeter of Renney Battry in 1914.


Grid Reference:SX 494 490
Map Sheet:SX44NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishWembury
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishWEMBURY

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX44NE/3/1

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BLOCKHOUSE (World War I to XX - 1914 AD to 2000 AD (Between))

Full description

Hellis, J., 1990, List of Defensive Sites (Un-published). SDV99101.

Pillbox of local design. A large 12 sided pillbox, side one, door, side two and twelve, two loops, remainder have one loop each. The loops have steel shutters fitted with three small 'pistol' in each. There are two square machine gun ports, at ground level.

Pye, A. R., 1991, Plymouth Defences Survey (Un-published). SDV145577.

Visited 12/12/1991. A 12-sided concrete blockhouse, one of three (other two demolished), built around the perimeter of Renney Battery in 1914 for local defence; all three connected by an 'unclimbable' fence. Side one: original steel door; sides two and twelve have two firing slits, the remainder one. Some have steel shutters surviving in the interior. Earth embanked around it forming a glacis. Square ports for machine guns and/or 'motor headlamps' in sides three and eleven aligned along inclimbable fence.

Ordnance Survey, 2013, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV350786.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV145577Un-published: Pye, A. R.. 1991. Plymouth Defences Survey. Exeter Museums Archaeological Field Unit Survey. Digital + Mixed Archive Material.
SDV350786Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2013. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #90280 ]
SDV99101Un-published: Hellis, J.. 1990. List of Defensive Sites. Manuscript.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jun 4 2013 10:31AM