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HER Number:MDV48737
Name:Searchlight Emplacement to East of Fort Bovisand


Site of searchlight emplacement on the coast to the east of Fort Bovisand. Situated on an area retained by a curving wall dating from the 19th century. The searchlight was installed circa 1910 and is now demolished.


Grid Reference:SX 488 506
Map Sheet:SX45SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishWembury
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishPLYMSTOCK

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX45SE/18/7

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • SEARCHLIGHT BATTERY (XIX to XX - 1801 AD to 2000 AD (Between))

Full description

McDonald, K., 1981, Untitled Source (Monograph). SDV342720.

Pye, A., 1992, Plymouth Fortress Survey (Report - non-specific). SDV167755.

Semi-circular retaining wall of rubble limestone, the eastern part of which has recently collapsed. Marked on plans from 1872 onwards. In 1872 it formed the retaining wall for a road down to the fort. It may date from the 1860s and be contemporary with the fort, or to 1816-1824 when the pier and seawall were built by Rennie. It is also the sight of a searchlight installed circa 1910 as a fighting light for Watch House Battery. It was used during the Second World War and demolished in the 1960s. It was probably of a similar type to the ones to the north of the battery, although from the map appears to have been smaller.

Pye, A. + Woodward, F., 1996, The Historic Defences of Plymouth, 208 (Monograph). SDV167752.

[One of] two searchlight emplacements on the coast to the east of Fort Bovisand which have now been demolished.

Woodward, F. W., 1998, Untitled Source (Monograph). SDV337824.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV167752Monograph: Pye, A. + Woodward, F.. 1996. The Historic Defences of Plymouth. The Historic Defences of Plymouth. A4 Paperback. 208.
SDV167755Report - non-specific: Pye, A.. 1992. Plymouth Fortress Survey. A4 Unbound.
SDV337824Monograph: Woodward, F. W.. 1998. Forts or Follies? The Story of Plymouth's Palmerston Forts. Hardback Volume.
SDV342720Monograph: McDonald, K.. 1981. Fort Bovisand. The Book. Unknown.

Associated Monuments

MDV17323Related to: Fort Bovisand, Wembury (Monument)
MDV17324Related to: Watch House Battery and Ditch, Staddon Heights (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4534 - Survey of Fort Bovisand

Date Last Edited:Apr 15 2014 12:19PM