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HER Number:MDV58663
Name:Wall and Steps at Gommerock


'Structure G' wall and steps at Gommerock


Grid Reference:SX 888 504
Map Sheet:SX85SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishKingswear
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishKINGSWEAR

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX85SE/8/6

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • WALL (Unknown date)

Full description

Wilson-North, R., 1996, Gommerock, Kingswear: An Archaeological Survey by the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England (Report - Survey). SDV342799.

Other details: Figure 2.

Watts, M. A., 1997, Archaeological and Historical Survey at Gomerock, Kingswear, 16-7 (Report - Survey). SDV173198.

Gomerock 'Structure G'. Revetment wall and steps. The most substantial masonry build surviving within the shoreline complex is a revetment wall lying to the south of the blockhouse. The wall is 6.8 metres long, built of local shale bonded with an off-white sandy lime mortar; it survives to a maximum height of circa 2 metres, with its southeast end standing circa 1 metre higher than its northwest end. To the southeast it abuts the edge of a steep scarp. Its northwest end flanks a blocked flight of 3 rock-cut steps; the shale blocking stones are bonded in pale yellow mortar which is grittier and harder than that of the main revetment wall. The wall presumably formed the partial facing and parapet of an artillery platform in front of the blockhouse. The northwest to southeast alignment of the wall is continued beyond the steps as a rock-cut face which turns northeast at the boom chain terminal to form the southeast side of the adjacent narrow rocky inlet. The platform is covered by dense undergrowth. The blocking of the landing steps implies that at some stage access from the water was no longer desired, possibly during the Royalist occupation of the Civil War. Other details: Figures 10-11, 21 and Plate 24.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV173198Report - Survey: Watts, M. A.. 1997. Archaeological and Historical Survey at Gomerock, Kingswear. Exeter Archaeology Report. 97.61. A4 Stapled + Digital. 16-7.
SDV342799Report - Survey: Wilson-North, R.. 1996. Gommerock, Kingswear: An Archaeological Survey by the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Report. A4 Stapled + Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV58662Related to: Blockhouse at Gommerock (Monument)
MDV8520Related to: Gomerock Tower, West of Castle Road (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4542 - Survey of Features at Gommerock, Kingswear
  • EDV4543 - Survey of Features at Gomerock

Date Last Edited:Aug 18 2009 11:55AM