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HER Number:MDV55032
Name:World War II Turret at Exmouth Docks


World War II steel turret at Exmouth Docks


Grid Reference:SX 992 807
Map Sheet:SX98SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishExmouth
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLITTLEHAM

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX98SE/144

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • ALLAN WILLIAMS TURRET (World War II - 1939 AD to 1945 AD (Between))

Full description

Horner, B., 07/11/1996, Untitled Source (Personal Comment). SDV350101.

Site visit 7th November 1996. Turrent winched from beach by Territorial Army. Moved to East Devon District Council depot for temporary safekeeping. Photograph showing turret being removed from beach.

Horner, B., 07/11/1996, Untitled Source (Photograph). SDV350102.

Angus, I. F., 11/08/1995, Allan Williams Steel Turret (Personal Comment). SDV350104.

Site visit: 11th August 1995 by I. Angus (Fortress Study Group), F. Griffith and B. Horner. Second World War Allan Williams steel turret currently resting on beach beside Exmouth Docks. Not in situ but in very good condition. There is no hatch covering aperture in roof for pivot-mounted machine gun in anti-aircraft role. Originally sited at west entrance to docks.

Horner, B., 11/08/1995, Allan Williams Steel Turret (Ground Photograph). SDV350097.

Unknown, 16/11/1995, Bid to Recover Historic Gun Turret from Sea (Article in Serial). SDV350099.

Wills, H., 1985, Wills, H. 1985 Pillboxes, 22 (Monograph). SDV336210.

Alan Williams steel turrets. Pre-fabricated. 199 were ordered by the military, the vast majority being allocated to eastern England. Brackets for light machine guns, light anti-aircraft guns and anti-tank rifle. Later mountings were provided for guns in use by the home guard.

Sprack, P., 1989, Allen-Williams Steel Turret (Plan - measured). SDV350100.

Comparative plan and section of steel turret at Bembridge Fort, Isle of Wight.

Angus, I. F., 1994, Re Alan Williams Turret, Exmouth (Correspondence). SDV350098.

Correspondence regarding the Allan Williams Turret that was found on the beach just west of the entrance to Exmouth Docks.

Horner, W., 1997, Exmouth: Allen Williams Turret (Correspondence). SDV347458.

Letters concerning the restoration and re-siting of the Allen Williams Turret at Exmouth.

Unknown, 27/05/1994, Look What the Tide's Uncovered at Exmouth! (Article in Serial). SDV350095.

The top of an Allan Williams Turret was exposed by the tide. Less than 200 were made and very few have survived. It appears to have been pushed over the wall by the docks but was probablty sited on another part of the town's sea defences.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV336210Monograph: Wills, H.. 1985. Wills, H. 1985 Pillboxes. Pillboxes. Unknown. 22.
SDV347458Correspondence: Horner, W.. 1997. Exmouth: Allen Williams Turret. Letters, Plans and Photos. A4 Stapled.
SDV350095Article in Serial: Unknown. 27/05/1994. Look What the Tide's Uncovered at Exmouth!. The Exmouth Journal. Photocopy.
SDV350097Ground Photograph: Horner, B.. 11/08/1995. Allan Williams Steel Turret. Slide.
SDV350098Correspondence: Angus, I. F.. 1994. Re Alan Williams Turret, Exmouth. Letter. [Mapped feature: #95045 ]
SDV350099Article in Serial: Unknown. 16/11/1995. Bid to Recover Historic Gun Turret from Sea. The Exmouth Journal. Photocopy.
SDV350100Plan - measured: Sprack, P.. 1989. Allen-Williams Steel Turret. Photocopy.
SDV350101Personal Comment: Horner, B.. 07/11/1996. Not Applicable.
SDV350102Photograph: Horner, B.. 07/11/1996. Slide.
SDV350104Personal Comment: Angus, I. F.. 11/08/1995. Allan Williams Steel Turret. Not Applicable.

Associated Monuments

MDV78384Related to: Allan-Williams Turret on the Esplanade, Exmouth (Monument)
MDV55034Related to: World War II Turret at Exmouth (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Sep 19 2012 8:16AM