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HER Number:MDV76031
Name:Shaldon Battery Searchlight


Reinforced concrete structure which formerly housed a World War II searchlight, now used as a shelter for pedestrians.


Grid Reference:SX 938 720
Map Sheet:SX97SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishShaldon
Ecclesiastical ParishST.NICHOLAS

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 1421031

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • SEARCHLIGHT EMPLACEMENT (World War II - 1941 AD to 1941 AD (Throughout))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1958, RAF/58/2549, RAF/58/2549/PSFO-P2-0239 - 240 27-AUG-1958 (Aerial Photograph). SDV351446.

The searchlight emplacement is visible as a structure.

Jury, R., 1995, Shaldon Battery Searchlight (Worksheet). SDV343795.

Building housed a 210 million CP searchlight, now used as a pedestrian shelter. Constructed of reinforced concrete, overall condition good. Possibly threatened by cliff erosion or road widening. Photograph.

Ordnance Survey, 2009, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV341569.

Passmore, M. + Passmore, A., 2011, Coastal Emergency Battery Shaldon, 3 (Leaflet). SDV351973.

The photograph on page one illustrates a one-time searchlight position in Marine Parade, now serving as a public shelter. The roof top radar is a modern facility.

Hegarty, C. + Knight, S. + Sims, R., 2013-2014, South Devon Coast Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey National Mapping Programme Project (Interpretation). SDV351146.

The Second World War searchlight emplacement is visible as a structure on military oblique aerial photographs of 1958. The remains of the coastal emergency battery with which it was associated are also visible to the south-east.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV341569Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2009. MasterMap. MasterMap. Digital.
SDV343795Worksheet: Jury, R.. 1995. Shaldon Battery Searchlight. Defence of Britain Project. Worksheet + Digital.
SDV351146Interpretation: Hegarty, C. + Knight, S. + Sims, R.. 2013-2014. South Devon Coast Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey National Mapping Programme Project. AC Archaeology Report. Digital.
Linked documents:1
SDV351446Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1958. RAF/58/2549. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/58/2549/PSFO-P2-0239 - 240 27-AUG-1958.
SDV351973Leaflet: Passmore, M. + Passmore, A.. 2011. Coastal Emergency Battery Shaldon. A Brief Introduction to Twentieth Century Military and Civil Defence Archae. 43. A4 Folded + digital. 3.

Associated Monuments

MDV39548Part of: Shaldon Emergency Battery (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6127 - Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey National Mapping Programme (NMP) for South-West England - South Coast Devon (Ref: ACD618)

Date Last Edited:Oct 30 2014 2:26PM