Section of Roman Road 760m South West of Lower Barn Farm
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Second World War
County Council (Unitary)
South West Wiltshire
SJ828828 (382768, 140025)
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The site of Second World War searchlight battery No. 531 46 in the parish of Longbridge Deverill. It was manned by the 3 (Ulster) Searchlight Regiment. The battery was operational by 16 October 1940 and positioned to protect Hampshire and Dorset from air attack. Searchlight sites typically comprised a small ring-ditch to provide the crew with shelter during an air raid, a predictor emplacement for calculating the height and range of targets, a light anti-aircraft machine gun pit, a generator and hutted accommodation for the crew.
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