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HER Number:MDV48762
Name:Staddon Heights Searchlight, Wembury


Derelict searchlight emplacement originally built circa 1903 for lighting the minefield(s) between the shore and the breakwater. Access was formerly via a footbridge but this has now gone and the emplacement is inaccessible.


Grid Reference:SX 487 509
Map Sheet:SX45SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishWembury
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishPLYMSTOCK

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX45SE/450

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • SEARCHLIGHT BATTERY (Built, Edwardian - 1903 AD to 1903 AD)

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV160824.

Des=plymouth fortress survey/pye, a(january 1992)/bovisand/copy in smr.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV160825.

Pro wo78/2314/(1896)/1:2500 os map with 1899 and c 1906 amendments.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV160826.

Pro wo190/122 grenvill battery fort record book (c1903-1915).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV160827.

Pro wo78/5041 pt 1 1/(1896)os 1:2500 map with c 1910 amendments.

PLYMOUTH FORTRESS SURVEY, 1992, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV27236.

Vis=1992 (pye) a square flat-roofed concrete and brick structure built c 1903 with another searchlight to the south (o2); probably related to the minefield(s) between the shore and the breakwater. Has a broad opening on the seaward side and a door at the rear. Access originally via a bridge from south. Now derelict and inaccessible; appears to be in good condition, though exposed to coastal erosion in medium term.(plymouth fortress survey).

Cornwall Archaeological Unit, 2017, South Cornwall Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey Desk-Based Assessment, 1074 (Interpretation). SDV360825.

A small concrete-built searchlight emplacement associated with the Bovisand Submarine Mine Observation Station.

Ordnance Survey, 2018, MasterMap 2018 (Cartographic). SDV360652.

Emplacement shown.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV160824Migrated Record:
SDV160825Migrated Record:
SDV160826Migrated Record:
SDV160827Migrated Record:
SDV27236Migrated Record: PLYMOUTH FORTRESS SURVEY. 1992.
SDV360652Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2018. MasterMap 2018. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #93292 ]
SDV360825Interpretation: Cornwall Archaeological Unit. 2017. South Cornwall Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey Desk-Based Assessment. RCZAS. Digital. 1074.

Associated Monuments

MDV126638Part of: Submarine mine observation station west of Watch House Battery, Wembury. (Monument)
MDV121016Related to: Footbridge to north of Bovisand Pier, Wembury (Monument)
MDV48763Related to: Staddon Heights Searchlight, Wembury (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Oct 14 2019 4:51PM