SX9456 : Former Guard House & Powder Store, Berry Head

taken 6 years ago, near to Brixham, Torbay, Great Britain

Former Guard House & Powder Store, Berry Head
Former Guard House & Powder Store, Berry Head
Built in 1802 and situated in the Southern Fort
The powder store is on the left and a nearby notice states that it had massively thick 1.2m (4 ft) brick-lined walls and a barrel shaped roof which were designed to guard against and contain accidental explosions. In the event of an explosion the roof would give way, directing the blast upwards.
Berry Head defences
Because of its strategic position overlooking Torbay, Berry Head has been used, over thousands of years, for the construction of a number of defensive structures.
The earliest was an Iron Age hill fort, evidence of which largely disappeared with the construction of two Napoleonic War era Forts.
During the Second World War anti-aircraft guns and an observation post were sited on the headland.
Later, in the Cold War, a nuclear monitoring bunker was constructed.

It is now a National Nature Reserve and heritage centre.
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SX9456, 131 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 11 January, 2012   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 14 February, 2012
Geographical Context
Coastal  Educational sites  Defence, Military 
Place (from Tags)
Berry Head 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SX 9415 5616 [10m precision]
WGS84: 50:23.7456N 3:29.4342W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SX 9413 5613
View Direction
North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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Napoleonic Coast Defence 

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