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HER Number:MDV44733
Name:Magazine at Berry Head Fort No. 1, Brixham


Artillery magazine built between 1798 and 1802. A square building with walls of roughly dressed limestone rubble 1.2 metres thick, surrounded by low enclosure wall. The line of the former roof is visible in the south gable end. A rare survival of a magazine


Grid Reference:SX 941 561
Map Sheet:SX95NW
Admin AreaTorbay
Civil ParishBrixham
Ecclesiastical ParishBRIXHAM

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX95NW/16/4

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1904 - 1906, Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map (Cartographic). SDV325644.

Building depicted.

Pye, A.R., 1989, Berry Head Fort, Brixham. An Archaeological Assessment, 32 (Report - Assessment). SDV362497.

Pye, A.R. & Slater, W.D., 1990, Berry Head Fort, Brixham, An Archaeological Survey, 12 (Report - Survey). SDV362493.

Built 1798-1802. Square, with 1.2 metre thick walls of roughly dressed limestone rubble. Entered from the east and surrounded by a low enclosure wall. All walls survive to full height except the enclosure and north gable end. The north-east corner was apparently rebuilt at some point. The doorway is central in the east wall, and has dressed granite jambs and lintel. Vertical slots central to each of the other three walls may represent ventilation ducts. The interior is brick-lined. The line of the barrel-vaulted roof visible in the south gable end. The original floor level is not visible.

Watts, M., 2020, Magazine at Berry Head Fort No. 1 (Ground Photograph). SDV364098.

Photos of the magazine at Berry Head Fort No. 1 (southern fort).

Ordnance Survey, 2021, MasterMap 2021 (Cartographic). SDV364015.

Square structure depicted.

Historic England, 2021, National Heritage List for England, 1195203 (National Heritage List for England). SDV364016.

Ruined magazine and blast wall 1.8 metres west of guardhouse, southern fort. Artillery magazine. 1798-1802. Roughly coursed Devonian limestone rubble with granite door surround; interior lined with red brick. No roof, although gable-ends indicate a pitched roof parallel with the front.
More complete than other ruinous structures on the fort and a rare survival of a powder magazine.
See listing description for further details.
Date first listed: 18th October 1993

Sources / Further Reading

SDV325644Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1904 - 1906. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
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. 12.
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. 32.
Linked documents:1
SDV364015Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2021. MasterMap 2021. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV364016National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2021. National Heritage List for England. Digital. 1195203.
SDV364098Ground Photograph: Watts, M.. 2020. Magazine at Berry Head Fort No. 1. Digital.
Linked images:2

Associated Monuments

MDV20083Part of: Berry Head Fort No. 1, 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
  • EDV8093 - Watching Brief: BT Cable, Berry Head, Torbay (Ref: ACD734)

Date Last Edited:Feb 5 2021 3:03PM