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Wrekin Rifle Range

A Scheduled Monument in Wrockwardine, Telford and Wrekin

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.6778 / 52°40'39"N

Longitude: -2.5498 / 2°32'59"W

OS Eastings: 362922.68128

OS Northings: 309037.018134

OS Grid: SJ629090

Mapcode National: GBR BS.4BZN

Mapcode Global: WH9D1.SYZJ

Entry Name: Wrekin Rifle Range

Scheduled Date: 31 October 2017

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1445909

County: Telford and Wrekin

Civil Parish: Wrockwardine

Traditional County: Shropshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Shropshire

Church of England Parish: Wrockwardine St Peter

Church of England Diocese: Lichfield

Summary

A late-C19/early-C20 military rifle range which is located to the south east of the roadway called Wrekin Course.

Source: Historic England

Details

PRINCIPAL ELEMENTS
A late-C19/early-C20 military rifle range which is located to the south east of the roadway called Wrekin Course. It is oriented north-west to south-east, with the target gallery placed at the south east behind a martlet of raised earth. The target butts, further to the south east, take advantage of the slope of the Wrekin, a natural, linear ridge which runs from the south west to the north east. Firing positions on raised ridges are evenly spaced to the north-west of the targets. There is a target store to the north east of the target gallery.

DESCRIPTION
The range is roughly rectangular, approached from the road at its northern end. It measures c.350 metres in length by c.60 metres in width. Firing banks are of earth and the walls of the target gallery are of brick, laid in English bond and Garden Wall bond with glazed, shaped capping bricks. Supports and the target frames are of iron.

There are earth banks marking the firing points at 100, 200 and 300 yards from the target line and these run from the south west to the north east. The north-western end and the flanks of the range are fenced. A pathway runs along the south-west flank of the range, allowing access to the target gallery. The 100 yard firing bank is broader and higher than the others and has twelve, one-person firing trenches (or 'foxholes') inset. These are lined with concrete blocks and can each accommodate one person to chest height. The target end has a high martlet with square timber baulks to its firing side, which may originally have been covered by earth. Behind this the target gallery has twelve, Hythe-pattern, iron target frames which are set in a frame trench. Iron brackets and T-shaped posts support the concrete gallery roof. Steps lead down to a corrugated iron target store, to the north east of, and on line with, the target gallery. Two further corrugated sheds near the entrance to the range may have been used as temporary magazines during activity at the range and one has a square concrete stand with bolts projecting which may have been used to anchor a machine gun. Further to the south-east is a sand bank which forms a stop butt and follows the rise of the hillside.

EXCLUSIONS
The target gallery (Grade II listed) and all fence posts are excluded from the scheduling, but the ground beneath these features is, however, included.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

The Wrekin Rifle Range, Shropshire is scheduled for the following principal reasons:

* Survival: the layout, firing ridges, martlet and butts all survive well as does the target gallery, which is separately recommended for statutory listing;

* Period: the range incorporates evidence of its use from the 1880s until the 1960s, including the periods of the Second Boer War and the First and Second World Wars;

* Rarity: relatively few firing ranges have been scheduled or listed which survive in such a complete state;

* Group value: the range has group value with the lengthy target gallery which includes twelve Hythe pattern target frames, and is listed at Grade II.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Books and journals
, HMSO, Wrekin Range Byelaws, (1966)
Kenney, Jane, Hopewell, David, First World War Military Sites, Military Landscapes, (2015)

Source: Historic England

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