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Battery on North East Point, Lundy

A Scheduled Monument in Area not comprised in any Parish-Lundy Island, Devon

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.2009 / 51°12'3"N

Longitude: -4.6708 / 4°40'15"W

OS Eastings: 213503.588004

OS Northings: 148018.33646

OS Grid: SS135480

Mapcode National: GBR GTVJ.16X

Mapcode Global: VH2S4.022R

Entry Name: Battery on North East Point, Lundy

Scheduled Date: 17 June 1970

Last Amended: 10 June 1998

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1016036

English Heritage Legacy ID: 27646

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Area not comprised in any Parish-Lundy Island

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Lundy

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

Details

The monument includes a stone revetted platform on a natural spur of the cliff
at North East Point, Lundy. It lies about 20m above sea level and was built as
a defensive gun platform.
The platform is 5m square and has a ruined drystone wall around the perimeter,
in places up to 0.75m high. It is difficult to access and provides good
oversight of the sea to the north and east.

MAP EXTRACT
The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.
It includes a 2 metre boundary around the archaeological features,
considered to be essential for the monument's support and preservation.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

Lundy is a small, steep sided island in the Bristol Channel, 16m north of
Hartland Point, north Devon. Aligned north-south, it is 6km long by 1km wide
and supports a predominately moorland vegetation. The 100m high cliffs and
tabular form give it a striking appearance, visible in clear weather from
parts of south west England and south Wales.
Lundy's remoteness and (until the 19th century construction of the Beach Road)
its inaccessibility, combined with a lack of shelter and cultivable soils, has
meant that it has escaped more recent occupation or development. It therefore
preserves a remarkable variety of archaeological sites from early prehistory
(c.8000 BC) onwards, representing evidence for habitation, fortification,
farming and industry. There are also archaeological remains in the waters
surrounding the island - over 150 shipwrecks are already recorded. Most of the
island's archaeology is well documented from detailed survey in the 1980s and
1990s.

The platform on North East Point survives well forming an integral part of
the elaborate system of gunnery platforms surrounding the island.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Books and journals
Thackray, C, The National Trust Archaeological Survey

Source: Historic England

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