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Cliff Path Wall to Battery, East North East of Battery Cottages

A Grade II Listed Building in Bideford, Devon

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Latitude: 51.1729 / 51°10'22"N

Longitude: -4.6785 / 4°40'42"W

OS Eastings: 212853

OS Northings: 144928

OS Grid: SS128449

Mapcode National: GBR GTTL.9QS

Mapcode Global: VH2S3.VSJ7

Plus Code: 9C3Q58FC+5H

Entry Name: Cliff Path Wall to Battery, East North East of Battery Cottages

Listing Date: 7 October 1991

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1104916

English Heritage Legacy ID: 91986

Location: Torridge, Devon, EX39

County: Devon

District: Torridge

Town: Torridge

Electoral Ward/Division: Clovelly Bay

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Lundy

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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1938-0/2/13 Cliff Path Wall to Battery, East
North-East of Battery Cottages


Path walls to fog signal battery. Circa 1861 for Trinity
House. Granite rubble, dressed on corners with granite
rubble coping. Low walls on the outward sides of path which
zig-zag down cliff to the Fog Signal Battery (qv) and Battery
Cottages (qv). Some of the granite sets survive with gutters
to drain the surface water.

Note: The Old Lighthouse (qv) is situated at 470 feet above
sea level and was often obscured by fog. In an attempt to
solve the problem a fog signal battery was built on the
cliffs below. The installation included cottages for the
gunners and a magazine and integral privies reached from the
top of the cliff by this path with its walls. In 1878 Trinity
House substituted guncotton for the guns and in 1881 it was
even considered that the lower light of the Old Lighthouse
should be moved to the Battery. Bells, hooters and whistles
were also experimented with but The Old Lighthouse and
Battery were eventually abandoned in 1897 when the North and
South Lundy Lighthouses (qv) were built. (Lighthouses, their
Architecture, History and Archaeology:D.B. Hague and
R.Christie; Lundy:A and M Langham).

Listing NGR: SS1285344927

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