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HER Number:MDV42889
Name:Field train shed at Berry Head Fort No. 3, Brixham


Remains of a field train shed built between 1805 and 1807. The original design for the building intended for it to be of timber on stone footings but in the event it was entirely stone built.


Grid Reference:SX 945 565
Map Sheet:SX95NW
Admin AreaTorbay
Civil ParishBrixham
Ecclesiastical ParishBRIXHAM

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX95NW/4/22
  • Tide Project: 04/09/2020
  • Torbay HER: MTO42889

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • MILITARY BUILDING (Built, XIX - 1805 AD (Between) to 1807 AD (Between))

Full description

Pye, A.R., 1989, Berry Head Fort, Brixham. An Archaeological Assessment, 9, 35 (Report - Assessment). SDV362497.

The field train shed was for artillery wagons. It was designed in 1794 and built soon after 1805. Marked as such on a plan of 1811. Its foundations survive.

Pye, A.R. & Slater, W.D., 1990, Berry Head Fort, Brixham, An Archaeological Survey, 5, 7, 21, Fig. 19, Pl. 23 (Report - Survey). SDV362493.

Field train shed, designed by Mercer in 1794, but not approved for construction until late 1805 and completed in 1807. The 1794 design envisaged a building 50 feet long by 15 feet wide by 10 feet 6 inches high, with all walls of timber on stone footings. As built, all walls were of stone. The building remained open to the north, consisting of a series of bays subdivided by timber posts set in socketed stone blocks; several survive, not necessarily in-situ, and possess sockets measuring an average 8-10 centimetres. The building survives only as only partially visible limestone rubble footings.

Sources / Further Reading

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. 5, 7, 21, Fig. 19, Pl. 23. [Mapped feature: #126896 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. 9, 35.
Linked documents:1

Associated Monuments

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

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7834 - Archaeological Assessment of the Berry Head Forts
  • EDV7835 - Archaeological Survey of the Berry Head Forts

Date Last Edited:May 30 2024 12:43PM