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HER Number:MDV42883
Name:Eastern tunnel system at Berry Head Fort No. 3, Brixham


One of two tunnel systems dated to the Napoleonic era and which probably functioned as drains/sewers.


Grid Reference:SX 294 056
Map Sheet:SX20NE
Admin AreaTorbay
Civil ParishBrixham
Ecclesiastical ParishBRIXHAM

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX95NW/4/16
  • Tide Project: 04/09/2020
  • Torbay HER: MTO42883

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • DRAIN (Constructed, XVIII - 1795 AD (Between) to 1798 AD (Between))

Full description

Pye, A.R., 1989, Berry Head Fort, Brixham. An Archaeological Assessment, 34 (Report - Assessment). SDV362497.

There is a tunnel system in the vicinity of the ROC post.

Pye, A.R. & Slater, W.D., 1990, Berry Head Fort, Brixham, An Archaeological Survey, 24, 25, Figs 12, 23, Pl. 26 (Report - Survey). SDV362493.

The eastern of the two separate tunnel systems known. It is slightly smaller than the western one but of similar construction with side walls of limestone rubble leaning in towards a limestone slab roof. It is similarly dated 1795-98 and in good condition. Tunnel 2 consists of 2 separate, straight branches (neither has been fully emptied) which converge at its exit, which would have been on the outside of the garde foux if it had been completed.

Turner, D., 1997, Unknown (Correspondence). SDV318591.

An excavation of the western tunnel system was carried out in the 1970s.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV318591Correspondence: Turner, D.. 1997. Unknown. Email. Email.
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. 24, 25, Figs 12, 23, Pl. 26. [Mapped feature: #126877 Imported from Torbay HER - Jan 2019, ]
Linked documents:1
SDV362497Report - Assessment: Pye, A.R.. 1989. Berry Head Fort, Brixham. An Archaeological Assessment. Exeter Museums Archaeological Field Unit. EMAFU 89.04. Hardcopy + Digital. 34.
Linked documents:1

Associated Monuments

MDV20080Part of: Berry Head Fort No. 3, Brixham (Monument)
MDV42882Related to: Western tunnel system at 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 Assessment of the Berry Head Forts
  • EDV7835 - Archaeological Survey of the Berry Head Forts

Date Last Edited:Mar 29 2024 4:59PM