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HER Number:MDV78384
Name:Allan-Williams Turret on the Esplanade, Exmouth


Relocated Allan-Williams Turret, partially restored. Originally located at Exmouth Docks.


Grid Reference:SY 001 804
Map Sheet:SY08SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishExmouth
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLITTLEHAM

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • ANTI AIRCRAFT DEFENCE SITE (World War II - 1939 AD to 1945 AD (Between))

Full description

Watts, M., 12/03/2016, Allen Williams Turret, Exmouth (Ground Photograph). SDV359534.

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

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

Bluesky, 2006 - 2007, Bluesky aerial photographs 2006 - 2007 (Aerial Photograph). SDV341189.

Dome of Allan-Williams turret clearly visible.

Passmore, M., 2010, The Allan-Williams Turret Exmouth, 2-3 (Leaflet). SDV345150.

The Allan-Williams turret, a revolving domed structure, was originally located at Exmouth Docks where it formed part of the town's coastal defence during the Second World War. It has been partially restored and is now exhibited on the town's esplanade. It is generally agreed that two service men operated from a chamber beneath the dome, accessed through a trapdoor at the rear. One was armed with a light machine gun or light anti-aircraft weapon, the other rotated and assisted the gunner. The weapons projected through one of two apertures, and these (now sealed) can clearly be seen, one just above ground and the other in the roof of the structure. Steel shutters protected the apertures when not in use.

Pillbox Study Group, 2012-2020, WWII Defence Sites, e34287 (Un-published). SDV357880.

An Allan Williams Turret rescued from the sea by the TA and now restored. Its original position is thought to have been 50°370. 84"N 3°2528. 05"W. Submitted by PSG member Alisdair Ford.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV341189Aerial Photograph: Bluesky. 2006 - 2007. Bluesky aerial photographs 2006 - 2007. Bluesky. Photograph (Digital). [Mapped feature: #105260 ]
SDV345150Leaflet: Passmore, M.. 2010. The Allan-Williams Turret Exmouth. A Brief Introduction to Twentieth Century Military and Civil Defence Archae. 1. A4 Folded. 2-3.
SDV347458Correspondence: Horner, W.. 1997. Exmouth: Allen Williams Turret. Letters, Plans and Photos. A4 Stapled.
SDV357880Un-published: Pillbox Study Group. 2012-2020. WWII Defence Sites. Digital. e34287.
SDV359534Ground Photograph: Watts, M.. 12/03/2016. Allen Williams Turret, Exmouth. Digital.
Linked images:1

Associated Monuments

MDV55034Related to: World War II Turret at Exmouth (Monument)
MDV55032Related to: World War II Turret at Exmouth Docks (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4880 - Site Visit to the Allan Williams Turret, Exmouth

Date Last Edited:May 13 2020 12:39PM