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HER Number:MDV39548
Name:Shaldon Emergency Battery


A number of structures relating to the emergency coastal battery at Shaldon are visible on aerial photographs of 1946. Some structures remain visible along Marine Parade and in Ness Gardens.


Grid Reference:SX 938 720
Map Sheet:SX97SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishShaldon
Ecclesiastical ParishST.NICHOLAS

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 1420974
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX97SW/184

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • COASTAL BATTERY (World War II - 1940 AD to 1941 AD (Between))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/3G/TUD/UK/223, RAF/3G/TUD/UK223 5004-5005 12-JUL-1946 (Aerial Photograph). SDV352279.

Structures are visible in the grounds of The Ness House overlooking Marine Parade.

Guy, J., 1990, List of Coastal Batteries (Un-published). SDV15882.

Visited during 1989, remains visible.

Dobinson, C. S., 1996, Coastal artillery, 1900-56 VI.1 & VI.2, 316, 317, 319 (Report - non-specific). SDV323777.

Site of Emergency coastal battery at Shaldon. Armed with two 4.7 inch guns and later replaced by two 4.7 inch (Naval) guns. Manned by 378 Battery, then 555 Regiment, 362 Battery and finally by 556 Regiment, 362 Battery. Dobinson quotes a slightly different grid reference of SX940719.

Passmore, M. + Passmore, A., 2011, Coastal Emergency Battery Shaldon (Leaflet). SDV351973.

At several locations in the county former battery structures can be identified, one such site being at Shaldon. The battery began life in 1940 and ceased to be operational towards the end of hostilities in 1944. Two gun emplacements were set up, each housing 4.7 inch ex-naval guns, together with a battery observation post, an amunition store, searchlight positions, generator houses and other necessary infrastructure. The Georgian Ness House (now a hotel) was requisitioned for use as the battery office and also provided accommodation and messing facilities. See leaflet for full details and photographs.

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

Several structures probably comprising Shaldon emergency battery remain visible on aerial photographs of 1946. They are not visible on later images and were probably removed following the end of the war.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV15882Un-published: Guy, J.. 1990. List of Coastal Batteries. Typescript.
SDV323777Report - non-specific: Dobinson, C. S.. 1996. Coastal artillery, 1900-56 VI.1 & VI.2. Twentieth Century Fortifications in England. VI.1 & VI.2. A4 Stapled + Digital. 316, 317, 319.
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.
Linked documents:1
SDV351973Leaflet: Passmore, M. + Passmore, A.. 2011. Coastal Emergency Battery Shaldon. A Brief Introduction to Twentieth Century Military and Civil Defence Archae. 43. A4 Folded + digital.
SDV352279Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/3G/TUD/UK/223. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/3G/TUD/UK223 5004-5005 12-JUL-1946.

Associated Monuments

MDV76041Parent of: Shaldon Battery Air Raid Shelter (Monument)
MDV76039Parent of: Shaldon Battery Ammunition Store (Monument)
MDV76038Parent of: Shaldon Battery Engine Room (Monument)
MDV76032Parent of: Shaldon Battery Guardhouse (Monument)
MDV76029Parent of: Shaldon Battery Gun Emplacement (Monument)
MDV76040Parent of: Shaldon Battery Gun Emplacement (Monument)
MDV76042Parent of: Shaldon Battery Gun Emplacement (Monument)
MDV76035Parent of: Shaldon Battery Machine Gun Emplacement (Monument)
MDV76043Parent of: Shaldon Battery Pillbox (Monument)
MDV76033Parent of: Shaldon Battery Rocket Launcher Bases (Monument)
MDV76031Parent of: Shaldon Battery Searchlight (Monument)
MDV76036Parent of: Shaldon Battery Workshops (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:May 22 2014 5:13PM