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HER Number:MDV55173
Name:Dartmouth Point Battery, Dartmouth Castle

Summary

A single storey, flat-roofed brick blockhouse with dwarf battlements built in 1939 to house a 4.7" QF gun. The building is now painted white and serves as the ticket office.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 886 502
Map Sheet:SX85SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishDartmouth
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishST.PETROX

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX85SE/7/3

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BATTERY (Built, World War II - 1939 AD to 1939 AD (Between))

Full description

Guy, J., 1990, List of Coastal Batteries (Un-published). SDV15882.

Site of coastal battery at Dartmouth Castle. Armed with two 4.7 inch guns, with remains visible in 1989.

Wilson-North, R., 1993, A Second World War Emergency Coastal Battery at Inner Forward Point, Kingswear, 200 (Article in Serial). SDV340348.

World War II defences at Dartmouth included a battery of 4.7 inch guns at Dartmouth Castle.

Wasley, G., 1994, Devon at War 1939-1945, 55 (Monograph). SDV165766.

Jury, R., 1996, Dartmouth Battery (Worksheet). SDV152596.

World War II gun battery on seaward side of Dartmouth Castle. Includes an obvious white painted gun position.

Dyer, M. J., 2003, Archaeological Watching Brief During Bridge Removal and Installation of New Fencing at Dartmouth Castle, Devon (Report - Watching Brief). SDV152598.

Watching brief undertaken during removal of concrete bridge giving access to ticket office, adjacent to battery. Ticket office was originally a World War II gun emplacement and is assumed that the bridge was constructed at same time to provide access.

Batty, M., 2003, South Devon Coast Path Project: a study of the archaeology along the coast path in the South Hams from Staddon Heights to Sharkham Point, 83 (Un-published). SDV336214.

English Heritage, 2014, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV355683.

The building now used as the ticket office was built on top of the western embrasure in around 1940 to provide shelter for a 4.7 inch gun.

Sharpe, A., 2016, Dartmouth Castle, Devon. Conservation Management Plan 2016, Gazetteer No. 18.6 (Report - Assessment). SDV361934.

Single storey, flat-roofed brick blockhouse disguised with dwarf battlements built at the western end of the battery in 1939. Built to house a 4.7" QF gun. A second gun was set up at the cliff edge 150 metres to the south. Both were served by searchlights and buildings in the woods nearby.
The building, which is now painted white and serves as the ticket office and shop, is approached by a modern bridge.
See report for further details.

Ordnance Survey, 2020, MasterMap 2020 (Cartographic). SDV363413.

Ticket office building shown.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV152596Worksheet: Jury, R.. 1996. Dartmouth Battery. Defence of Britain Project. Worksheet + Digital.
SDV152598Report - Watching Brief: Dyer, M. J.. 2003. Archaeological Watching Brief During Bridge Removal and Installation of New Fencing at Dartmouth Castle, Devon. Exeter Archaeology Report. Project No 4687. A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV15882Un-published: Guy, J.. 1990. List of Coastal Batteries. Typescript.
SDV165766Monograph: Wasley, G.. 1994. Devon at War 1939-1945. Devon at War. Hardback Volume. 55.
SDV336214Un-published: Batty, M.. 2003. South Devon Coast Path Project: a study of the archaeology along the coast path in the South Hams from Staddon Heights to Sharkham Point. Mixed Archive Material. 83.
SDV340348Article in Serial: Wilson-North, R.. 1993. A Second World War Emergency Coastal Battery at Inner Forward Point, Kingswear. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 51. Paperback Volume. 200.
SDV355683National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2014. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Website.
SDV361934Report - Assessment: Sharpe, A.. 2016. Dartmouth Castle, Devon. Conservation Management Plan 2016. Cornwall Archaeological Unit. A4 Comb Bound + Digital. Gazetteer No. 18.6.
SDV363413Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2020. MasterMap 2020. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #124632 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV55300Part of: Coastal Battery, Dartmouth Castle (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV700 - Archaeological watching brief during bridge removal and installation of new fencing at Dartmouth Castle

Date Last Edited:Mar 4 2020 1:04PM