Civil War Breastwork and Battery on the North Coast of Normandy Down, St Mary's

Isles of Scilly

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Post Medieval

Data Source

English Heritage

County Council (Unitary)

Isles Of Scilly


St Mary's

Parliamentary Constituency

St Ives

Grid Reference

SV931931 (93061, 11283)

WGS84 Coordinates

49.9221, -6.27703

Nearest Postcode

TR21 0NY

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A Civil War breastwork and gun battery on the north coast of Normandy Down, St Mary's. The breastwork survives as an earth and rubble bank, up to 2.5 metres wide, rising to 1 metre high on its outer face and to 0.4 metres high on the inner face. The breastwork ditch, 1-2 metres wide and up to 0.5 metres deep, is along the landward side of the bank. The breastwork extends on an almost straight ENE-WSW course, running immediately behind the coastal cliff for 120 metres along the northern coast of Normandy Down from the edge of the coastal outcrops behind Gap Point at the east to the north westward curve in the cliff above the erosion hollow called Darrity's Hole at the west. The battery is located almost at the centre of the breastwork, and is defined to each side by a sharp angle northwards in the breastwork bank, accompanied by a break in the breastwork ditch across the rear of the resulting trapezoidal battery platform. The battery measures 6 metres wide, east-west, across its base between the angles of the breastwork bank, and survives to a depth of 3 metres north-south to the line along which its northern edge has been truncated by the eroding cliff edge. Scheduled.

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