Coastal Defence Platforms at the Mousehole and Trap, Lundy


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Post Medieval

Data Source

English Heritage

County Council

Devon County Council

District Council

Torridge District Council


Torridge District

Parliamentary Constituency

Torridge and West Devon

Grid Reference

SN138138 (213818, 146860)

WGS84 Coordinates

51.1901, -4.66468

Nearest Postcode

EX39 2LY

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Two small revetted platforms on the cliff below the Mousehole and Trap on Lundy's east side. These were probably battery platforms constructed during the Civil War. The main platform measures 9 metres by 3.5 metres and has been formed by quarrying out a shelf from the cliff and revetting the base with a 2 metre high drystone granite wall and building low protective walls around the three outward facing sides to the east, north and south. These walls are now represented by a line of boulders. The second platform is smaller and stands 6 metres to the south. This measures 2 metres by 0.5 metres and has no protective wall. This is revetted on the south east side by a drystone granite wall three or four courses high. These platforms complement the battery at Brazen Ward to the south and they afford good visibility across the bay and out to sea. They are not substantial enough to be cannon platforms but were used for musketeers in time of attack. Scheduled.

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