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Monument details

HER Number:TR 01 NE 7
Type of record:Monument
Name:Dungeness No. 1 Battery

Summary

Dungeness No. 1 Battery.

Summary from record 462688:

A coastal battery or small fort built in 1798, and modified in 1860. Although disused by the end of the 19th century, it was anecdotally reoccupied in World War II. This area was surveyed from aerial photographs as part of the South East RCZAS NMP project. Two WWII period nissen huts were visible on the south-eastern side of the battery on aerial photographs of 1946. These huts may be associated with the possible re-use of the battery during the Second World War. They had been removed by the time of the next available vertical aerial photographs of 1962.


Grid Reference:TR 08876 18634
Map Sheet:TR01NE
Parish:LYDD, SHEPWAY, KENT

Monument Types

  • BATTERY (BATTERY, Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • COASTAL BATTERY (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
Protected Status:Selected Heritage Inventory for Natural England: Dungeness No. 1 Battery, Battery Road, Dungeness

Full description

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(TR 088186) Dungeness No. 1 Battery (1) TR 088186. Dungeness No. 1 Battery, 1798 with 4 x 24 pounders. (2)

Description from record 462688:
The battery built in 1798 was a self-contained triangular fort on a small scale. The terreplein, slightly raised to give command of the sea, accomodated 4 or 5 24-pounders, and a brick loop-holed wall 3.5 metres high extended from the corners of the terreplein to form a sharp point at the rear. The main entrance, guardroom and ancillary buildings were spaced along the exterior walls. In 1860 the battery was remodelled, receiving 1 x 7-inch breech-loader and 4 x 68 pounder smooth bores, all on traversing platforms. Although disused by the end of the 19th century, it was periodically occupied thereafter. The 1911 census shows that several families were living there and it may have been reoccupied in World War II. Only the emplacements now survive.

(TR 088186) Dungeness No. 1 Battery (1)

TR 088186. Dungeness No. 1 Battery, 1798 with 4 x 24 pounders. (2)

Description. (3,4)

This area was surveyed from aerial photographs as part of the South East RCZAS NMP project. Two WWII period nissen huts were visible on the south-eastern side of the battery on aerial photographs of 1946. These huts may be associated with the possible re-use of the battery during the Second World War. They had been removed by the time of the next available vertical aerial photographs of 1962 (5-6).


<1> Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date) (Unspecified Type). SWX23655.

<1> OS 1:2500 1977 (OS Card Reference). SKE48220.

<2> Handbook of Kent's Defences 1540-1945 1977 37 (D Bennett) (OS Card Reference). SKE43678.

<3> Fortress Study Group, Fort : the international journal of fortification and military architecture, 16, 1988 pp 85-6 (Serial). SWX23586.

<3> Ordnance Survey, 1905-10, Ordnance Survey 1:2500 3rd edition: 1901-1912, 1908/1:2500 (Map). SWX11833.

<4> Kent's Defence Heritage (Unspecified Type). SWX23592.

<4> Ordnance Survey, 2009, OS MasterMap, 2009/MasterMap (Cartographic materials). SWX15710.

<5> Vertical aerial photograph reference number (Unspecified Type). SWX23824.

<6> 1962, NMR MAL/62513 97949-97950 11-APR-1962 (Photograph). SWX23769.

Sources and further reading

Cross-ref. Source description
<1>OS Card Reference: OS 1:2500 1977.
<1>(No record type): Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date).
<2>OS Card Reference: Handbook of Kent's Defences 1540-1945 1977 37 (D Bennett).
<3>Map: Ordnance Survey. 1905-10. Ordnance Survey 1:2500 3rd edition: 1901-1912. 1:2500. 1908/1:2500.
<3>Serial: Fortress Study Group. Fort : the international journal of fortification and military architecture. 16, 1988 pp 85-6.
<4>Cartographic materials: Ordnance Survey. 2009. OS MasterMap. 2009/MasterMap.
<4>(No record type): Kent's Defence Heritage.
<5>(No record type): Vertical aerial photograph reference number.
<6>Photograph: 1962. NMR MAL/62513 97949-97950 11-APR-1962.

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