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HER Number:MDV45903
Name:Pathway down to Fog Signal Battery, Lundy

Summary

Steep path from the plateau down to the battery with a well-constructed mortared granite wall with coping on its north side. Granite steps lead to the cottages and the steps then continue down to the power store and privvies and the battery.

Location

Grid Reference:SS 128 449
Map Sheet:SS14SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishLundy
DistrictTorridge
Ecclesiastical ParishLUNDY

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS14SW/25/4
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II): 91986
  • Old SAM County Ref: 27649

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • PATH (XIX - 1801 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

National Trust, 1989, Lundy, Devon. Vol. One, 77 (Report - Survey). SDV1275.

Steep path from the plateau down to the battery. Well-constructed mortared granite wall with a coping on its north side. Paved in places and has granite curbs for a series of drains along its length. A flight of five granite steps leads to the cottages and the steps then continue down to the power store and privvies and the battery. The path is in good condition. Other details: 101,103.


Department of Environment, 1991, Lundy, 11 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV7877.


Department for Culture, Media and Sport, 1998, Fog Battery at Battery Point, Lundy (Schedule Document). SDV7878.

The whole group of buildings [at Battery Point] is accessed by a well-constructed cliff path with a granite retaining wall.


National Trust, 2002, The Archaeology and Landscape of Lundy: A Field Guide (Monograph). SDV7235.


English Heritage, 2010, Historic Houses Register (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV154869.

Cliff path wall to battery, east-north-aast of Battery Cottages. Circa 1861 for Trinity House. Granite rubble, dressed on corners with granite
rubble coping. Low walls on the outward sides of path which zig-zag down cliff to the Fog Signal Battery and Battery Cottages. Some of the granite sets survive with gutters to drain the surface water.
Note: The Old Lighthouse is situated at 470 feet above sea level and was often obscured by fog. In an attempt to solve the problem a fog signal battery was built on the cliffs below. The installation included cottages for the gunners and a magazine and integral privies reached from the top of the cliff by this path with its walls. In 1878 Trinity House substituted guncotton for the guns and in 1881 it was even considered that the lower light of the Old Lighthouse should be moved to the Battery. Bells, hooters and whistles were also experimented with but The Old Lighthouse and Battery were eventually abandoned in 1897 when the North and South Lundy Lighthouses were built. Date listed 10th October 1991.


Ordnance Survey, 2010, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV344030.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV1275Report - Survey: National Trust. 1989. Lundy, Devon. Vol. One. National Trust Archaeological Survey Report. 1. A4 Stapled + Digital. 77.
SDV154869List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: English Heritage. 2010. Historic Houses Register. Historic Houses Register. Website.
SDV344030Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2010. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #92654 ]
SDV7235Monograph: National Trust. 2002. The Archaeology and Landscape of Lundy: A Field Guide. The Archaeology and Landscape of Lundy: A Field Guide. A5 Paperback.
SDV7877List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1991. Lundy. Historic Houses Register. A4 Bound. 11.
SDV7878Schedule Document: Department for Culture, Media and Sport. 1998. Fog Battery at Battery Point, Lundy. The Schedule of Monuments. A4 Stapled.

Associated Monuments

MDV46Related to: Fog Signal Gun Battery, Lundy (Building)
MDV69109Related to: Wall Alongside Path to Fog Battery, Lundy (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Aug 4 2010 3:15PM