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HER Number:MDV52992
Name:OBSERVATION POST in the Parish of

Summary - not yet available


Grid Reference:SX 921 568
Map Sheet:SX95NW
Civil ParishBrixham
Civil ParishTorbay
Ecclesiastical ParishBRIXHAM

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX95NW/93/2
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • OBSERVATION POST (XVIII to XXI - 1751 AD to 2009 AD (Between))

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV286600.

Vis=14/04/1994 (horner) building still intact (slide).

DNH, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV311102.

Battery observation post.1940. Reinforced concrete. Two storey building, with steps down to balcony at first floor level entered from nw side; cantilevered roof over balcony which views out to sea (ne); entrance to ground floor immediately below with the wide opening beneath balcony. The battery observation post is set into the cliff so that its flat roof is level with the road (north furzeham road). High precision range finders were housed in the upper storey which acted as the centre of communications with the searchlights' positions and guns. A bar and stroud range finder was housed in the lower part of the building. This building formed the operational focal point of the emergency coastal defence battery here, which was one of many erected in 1940 to provide additional protection to harbour installations. It survives in a remarkable state of preservation with searchlight and gun positions (dnh).

COLEMAN, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV319004.

Battery observation post. Sited beside park gate. Its shell is intact. Twin storey building with wide field of view. Range finders housed in upper storey and a single large "bar and stroud" range finder in the lower. The commander's accommodation was at the rear of the upper storey (coleman).

COLEMAN 1994, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV319005.

A small brick structure to the w of the main bop housed an additional rangefinder (coleman 1994).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV319008.

Des=slide/ (14/04/1994)/ in smr.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV319009.

Coleman, r. / the purpose and history of the battery at battery gardens brixham/ (1989) 3-4/ copy in pf.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV319010.

Des=coleman, r. / (11/05/1994)/ letter to dcc/ in pf.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV319011.

Dnh=listing notification/(11/7/1997).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV286600Migrated Record:
SDV311102Migrated Record: DNH.
SDV319004Migrated Record: COLEMAN.
SDV319005Migrated Record: COLEMAN 1994.
SDV319008Migrated Record:
SDV319009Migrated Record:
SDV319010Migrated Record:
SDV319011Migrated Record:

Associated Monuments

MDV123879Related to: Battery Gardens, Brixham: Battery Observation Post (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:May 11 2017 12:00AM