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HER Number:MDV39407
Name:World War II Gun Emplacement at Torcross


Site of a World War II gun emplacement at Torcross


Grid Reference:SX 823 419
Map Sheet:SX84SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishStokenham
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishSTOKENHAM

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX84SW/39

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • GUN EMPLACEMENT (World War II - 1939 AD to 1945 AD (Between))

Full description

Hellis, J., 10/02/1989, Torcross Sites (Ground Photograph). SDV175583.

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

Anti-tank emplacement is difficult to see design clearly. Internal inspection not possible. Limited field of fire.

Horner, B., 1995, Untitled Source (Site Visit). SDV342105.

A concrete framed aperture is sited at the west end of a concrete tunnel or corridor. Within the tunnel are a number of recesses, possibly for ammunition storage. Overgrown and largely inaccessible. Other details: Slide.

Jury, R., 1996, Torcross Defensive Sites (Worksheet). SDV175465.

One of six sites set in the cliff at the south end of Slapton beach, which rise one above the other and are connected by a path. The gun emplacement, one pillbox and the path are in good conditon. One other structure (presumably a pillbox) has subsided. No trace of a third pillbox seen, unless it is incorporated into tunnel leading to the gun position.

Webster, C. J., 2010, Coastal Defences at Torcross (Ground Photograph). SDV345712.

Webster, C. J., 2010, World War II Coastal Defences at Torcross (Personal Comment). SDV345704.

On the hillside above the pillbox is a further structure, which appears to have a loophole for a larger calibre weapon, but could not be accessed. Other details: Photograph P302105.

Pillbox Study Group, 2012, WWII Defence Sites, e25002 (Un-published). SDV357880.

Gun Emplacement.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV175465Worksheet: Jury, R.. 1996. Torcross Defensive Sites. Defence of Britain Project. Worksheet + Digital.
SDV175583Ground Photograph: Hellis, J.. 10/02/1989. Torcross Sites. Hellis Collection. A4 Single Sheet + Digital.
SDV342105Site Visit: Horner, B.. 1995.
SDV345704Personal Comment: Webster, C. J.. 2010. World War II Coastal Defences at Torcross. Printout.
SDV345712Ground Photograph: Webster, C. J.. 2010. Coastal Defences at Torcross. Photograph (Digital).
SDV357880Un-published: Pillbox Study Group. 2012. WWII Defence Sites. Digital. e25002.
SDV99101Un-published: Hellis, J.. 1990. List of Defensive Sites. Manuscript.

Associated Monuments

MDV39405Related to: Tor Cross Mortar Bunker, World War II Defense (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4950 - Visit to Coastal Defences at Torcross

Date Last Edited:Feb 20 2015 9:01AM