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Ramparts, Counterscarp Revetment, Glacis, Musketry Wall of Southern Fort

A Grade II* Listed Building in Brixham, Torbay

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Latitude: 50.3954 / 50°23'43"N

Longitude: -3.4911 / 3°29'27"W

OS Eastings: 294112

OS Northings: 56123

OS Grid: SX941561

Mapcode National: GBR QY.FGML

Mapcode Global: FRA 38K0.5QR

Entry Name: Ramparts, Counterscarp Revetment, Glacis, Musketry Wall of Southern Fort

Listing Date: 18 October 1949

Last Amended: 18 October 1993

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1293272

English Heritage Legacy ID: 383523

Location: Brixham, Torbay, TQ5

County: Torbay

Civil Parish: Brixham

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Brixham All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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Listing Text


1946-1/2/17 Ramparts, counterscarp revetment,
18/10/49 glacis, musketry wall of southern
(Formerly Listed as:
South-east Redoubt)


Formerly known as: Walls of redoubt SE of Berry Head Common
Defences of military redoubt. 1794-1804. Probably designed by
Lt-Col Alexander Mercer. Roughly coursed Devonian limestone
rubble with granite string course.
The redoubt occupies the southern promontary of the country
park and was designed to protect the landward approach to the
northern fort (qv). Its ramparts are 3-sided with 12 gun
embrasures on the south-west side and 7 on the north-west
side. Behind each embrasure is the sunken site of the gun
platform. No embrasures on the north side, which was protected
by the guns of the northern fort. The entrance, its features
now stripped out, is on this side; approached by an earthern
causeway, but said to have been a drawbridge here originally.
Encircling the ramparts is a deep, dry moat which extends to
the cliff edge at either end. On the rampart side is a steeply
sloping stone revetment wall, finishing in a rounded granite
string course below the gun embrasures. The other side of the
moat has an earth embankment with an almost vertical stone
revetment wall towards the moat and a gentle slope or glacis
on the outside. The southern, seaward, side of the fort is
mostly protected by steep cliffs, but at the western end a
stretch of stone rubble musketry wall survives.
The redoubt is usually referred to in learned publications as
the No.1 Fort. It is part of an extensive system of
fortifications erected on Berry Head following the outbreak of
war with France in 1793. It has been described as one of the
most complete surviving examples of purpose-built Napoleonic
fortifications in south-west England.
(Exeter Museums Archaeological Field Unit Reports: Pye A R:
Berry Head Fort, Brixham: 1990-: 9-11).

Listing NGR: SX9411256123

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