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HER Number:MDV48738
Name:Searchlight Emplacement to the east of Fort Bovisand, Wembury

Summary

One of two early 20th century searchlight emplacements on the coast to the east of Fort Bovisand. It is visible as an open fronted structure on aerial photographs taken in the 1940s and 1950s, possibly hexagonal in plan. It was demolished in the 1960s or 1970s.

Location

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/18/8

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • SEARCHLIGHT BATTERY (Edwardian - 1910 AD to 1910 AD (Between))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1947, RAF/CPE/UK/2105, RAF/CPE/UK/2105 RP 3138-3139 28-MAY-1947 (Aerial Photograph). SDV351151.

A small rectilinear structure is visible.

Royal Air Force, 1958, RAF 58/2546, RAF/58/2546/PSFO-P1-0376 26-AUG-1958 (Aerial Photograph). SDV351257.

An open fronted structure is visible.

Woodward, F. W., 1990, Untitled Source (Monograph). SDV342725.

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

Site of searchlight emplacement built circa 1910 as a fighting light for Watch House Battery. Demolished 1960s-1970s. The foundations may still survive in the scrub to the south of the present road although there has been a lot of work in this area due to landslips.

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

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

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

Hegarty, C., Knight, S. and Sims, R., 2019-2020, The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping Survey. Area 2, Avon Valley to Plymouth (AI&M, formerly NMP) (Interpretation). SDV362982.

The early 20th century searchlight emplacement is visible as an open fronted structure on aerial photographs taken in the 1940s and 1950s. The vertical images suggest it has a rectangular roof, but oblique images show it as possibly hexagonal. It is one of two in this vicinity.

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.
SDV342725Monograph: Woodward, F. W.. 1990. Plymouth's Defences. Unknown.
SDV351151Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1947. RAF/CPE/UK/2105. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/CPE/UK/2105 RP 3138-3139 28-MAY-1947. [Mapped feature: #122210 ]
SDV351257Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1958. RAF 58/2546. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/58/2546/PSFO-P1-0376 26-AUG-1958.
SDV362982Interpretation: Hegarty, C., Knight, S. and Sims, R.. 2019-2020. The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping Survey. Area 2, Avon Valley to Plymouth (AI&M, formerly NMP). Historic England Research Report. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV17323Related to: Fort Bovisand, Wembury (Monument)
MDV48737Related to: Searchlight Emplacement to the east of Fort Bovisand (Monument)
MDV17324Related to: Watch House Battery and Ditch, Staddon Heights (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4534 - Survey of Fort Bovisand
  • EDV8098 - The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping (formerly NMP) Survey, Area 2, Avon Valley to Plymouth (Ref: ACD2040)

Date Last Edited:Oct 8 2019 5:16PM