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HER Number:MDV41985
Name:World War II Building at Kingswear Castle


Concrete blockhouse built during World War II at Kingswear Castle, probably an XDO post.


Grid Reference:SX 891 502
Map Sheet:SX85SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishKingswear
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishKINGSWEAR

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 1421026
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX85SE/228

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • MILITARY BUILDING (World War II - 1939 AD to 1945 AD)

Full description

Haslam, C., Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV160480.

During wwii a concrete blockhouse was built 50 yards from kingswear castle. The landmark trust intend to convert it to a bedroom. Original bunks have been removed (haslam).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV160484.

Haslam, c. /fortress/4(feb 1990)4/landmarks in coastal defence.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV160488.

Watts, m. A. /archaeological and historical survey at gomerock, kingswear, devon/(1997)18/(ea report 97.61).

Horner, W., 03/11/1995, Military Building at Kingswear Castle (Personal Comment). SDV160486.

This site is probably an XDO post, from where mines in the river would have been detonated by remote control.

Freeman, R., 1995, Kingswear Castle Pillbox (Worksheet). SDV160485.

Site visited on 14th October 1995. Two storey military building with wide slits on upper floor, seaward side. Well maintained, converted to holiday accommodation.

Jury, R., 1996, Kingswear XDO Post (Worksheet). SDV160487.

Site visited on 18th June 1996. XDO post at Kingswear Castle, concrete, in good condition.

Ordnance Survey, 2014, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV355681.

Pink, F., 2014, South Devon Coast Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey Desk-Based Assessment (Interpretation). SDV357736.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV160480Migrated Record: Haslam, C..
SDV160484Migrated Record:
SDV160485Worksheet: Freeman, R.. 1995. Kingswear Castle Pillbox. Defence of Britain Project. Worksheet + Digital.
SDV160486Personal Comment: Horner, W.. 03/11/1995. Military Building at Kingswear Castle.
SDV160487Worksheet: Jury, R.. 1996. Kingswear XDO Post. Defence of Britain Project. Worksheet + Digital.
SDV160488Migrated Record:
SDV355681Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2014. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #91272 ]
SDV357736Interpretation: Pink, F.. 2014. South Devon Coast Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey Desk-Based Assessment. AC Archaeology Report. ACD618/4/3. Digital.
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Associated Monuments

MDV55097Related to: Kingswear Torpedo Battery (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Sep 14 2021 2:16PM