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HER Number:MDV42872
Name:Guardhouse at Berry Head Fort No. 3, Brixham


Single storey building located just inside the entrance to the fort. Marked as a guardroom on a plan of 1833. Now a café and interpretation centre.


Grid Reference:SX 943 564
Map Sheet:SX95NW
Civil ParishBrixham
Civil ParishTorbay
Ecclesiastical ParishBRIXHAM

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX95NW/4/5
  • Tide Project: 20/08/2020
  • Torbay HER: MTO42872

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • GUARDHOUSE (Built, XVIII to XIX - 1798 AD to 1802 AD (Between))

Full description

Pye, A.R. & Slater, W.D., 1990, Berry Head Fort, Brixham, An Archaeological Survey, 17-18, Fig 19, Plates 19,20 (Report - Survey). SDV362493.

A single storey building immediately inside the fort entrance. Labelled as guardroom on a plan of 1833. Almost certainly the 'officers' guard room' constructed between 1798 and 1802. Cartographic evidence suggests 3 phases: Phase i) the 1804 plan shows rectangular structure of at least 2 rooms fronted on the north by a corridor or verandah. Hipped, king post roof. Phase ii) by 1811 a small low-roofed building had been added to the south side. Phase iii) between 1865 and 1906 roomswere added at the south-west and north-east corners, producing a square plan. A new higher roof was added and interior alterations carried out. The building, now a café, is in very good condition.

Department of National Heritage, 1993, Revised List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest, 13 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV362556.


Bishop, H.C., 2007, An Evaluation at the Guardhouse of Berry Head Fort No. 3 (Report - Evaluation). SDV362370.

A field evaluation in November 2007 established a new phasing for the façade of the building, in advance of a planning application for the demolition and rebuilding of a new rear extension.

Watts, M., 2020, Berry Head Fort No. 3 (Ground Photograph). SDV363853.

Photos of buildings and structures within the former Napoleonic fort.

Ordnance Survey, 2020, MasterMap 2020 (Cartographic). SDV363413.

Building marked as Berry Head Fort Café.

Historic England, 2020, National Heritage List for England, 1195202 (National Heritage List for England). SDV363414.

Napoleonic fort guardhouse, approximately 30 metres inside entrance to northern fort.
Guardhouse, now cafe. 1798-1802, extended at rear by 1811, and again between 1865 and 1906. Roughcast walls with pilasters in Devonian limestone ashlar. Hipped slated roofs, the late C19 roof higher than that of the original front range.
See listing description for full details.
Date first listed: 18th October 1993

Sources / Further Reading

SDV362370Report - Evaluation: Bishop, H.C.. 2007. An Evaluation at the Guardhouse of Berry Head Fort No. 3. Torbay HER Report. A4 Bound.
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. 17-18, Fig 19, Plates 19,20.
Linked documents:1
SDV362556List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of National Heritage. 1993. Revised List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. Historic Houses Register. 13.
SDV363413Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2020. MasterMap 2020. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #126809 ]
SDV363414National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2020. National Heritage List for England. Digital. 1195202.
SDV363853Ground Photograph: Watts, M.. 2020. Berry Head Fort No. 3. Digital.
Linked images:12

Associated Monuments

MDV20080Part of: Berry Head Fort No. 3, Brixham (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7797 - Architectural Survey by DA Buildings Section 1988
  • EDV7832 - Documentary research on the Berry Head Fort
  • EDV7834 - Archaeological Assessments of the Berry Head Forts
  • EDV7929 - Evaluation at the Guardhouse at Berry Head Fort No. 3

Date Last Edited:Oct 28 2020 9:48AM