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Battery Observation Post

A Grade II Listed Building in Bawdsey, Suffolk

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Latitude: 52.009 / 52°0'32"N

Longitude: 1.4329 / 1°25'58"E

OS Eastings: 635690

OS Northings: 240071

OS Grid: TM356400

Mapcode National: GBR WRH.328

Mapcode Global: VHM8L.SRCS

Entry Name: Battery Observation Post

Listing Date: 29 October 2001

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1389463

English Heritage Legacy ID: 488145

Location: Bawdsey, Suffolk Coastal, Suffolk, IP12

County: Suffolk

District: Suffolk Coastal

Civil Parish: Bawdsey

Traditional County: Suffolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Suffolk

Church of England Parish: Bawdsey St Mary the Virgin

Church of England Diocese: St.Edmundsbury and Ipswich

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Listing Text


1218/0/10013 EAST LANE
29-OCT-01 Battery Observation Post at TM 358 401


Battery Observation Post. 1940. Reinforced concrete. Two-storey building, with steps down to balcony at first-floor level; cantilevered roof over balcony, which views out to sea; entrance to ground floor immediately below, with the wide opening beneath balcony. High precision range finders were housed in the upper storey, which acted as the centre of communications with the searchlights positions and guns. A Bar and Stroud range finder was housed in the lower part of the building. This building formed the operational focal point of the Emergency Coastal Defence Battery here, which was one of many erected in 1940 to provide additional protection to harbour installations. The BOP served the gun emplacements which lie on the upper shore line approx. 100m to the east, and a series of mobile guns stationed on the marshes. This structure forms an integral part of one of the most complete 20th century coastal batteries in existence (and 7 out of 116 Emergency Batteries), relating to the rapid enhancement of Britain's coastal defence in the early stages of the Second World War, in addition to a nationally-important grouping of coastal defences on the Suffolk coast dating from the Napoleonic period.

Listing NGR: TM3569040071

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