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Anti-aircraft and Coastal Battery West of Lavernock Point

A Scheduled Monument in Sully and Lavernock (Sili a Larnog), Vale of Glamorgan (Bro Morgannwg)

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Latitude: 51.4044 / 51°24'15"N

Longitude: -3.1795 / 3°10'46"W

OS Eastings: 318051

OS Northings: 167919

OS Grid: ST180679

Mapcode National: GBR HY.QLYK

Mapcode Global: VH6FL.TYZS

Entry Name: Anti-aircraft and Coastal Battery West of Lavernock Point

Scheduled Date: 22 August 1995

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 925

Cadw Legacy ID: GM448

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Battery

Period: Post Medieval/Modern

County: Vale of Glamorgan (Bro Morgannwg)

Community: Sully and Lavernock (Sili a Larnog)

Traditional County: Glamorgan


The monument comprises the remains of a combined heavy anti-aircraft and coastal battery together with associated structures dating from WWII. The battery (Item 'A') consists of two pairs of gun emplacements together with a command post and magazine. Each gun emplacement features a concrete holdfast and ready-use ammunition lockers. Earthen banks protect the two eastern gun emplacements; concrete defences encircle those on the west. The guns could also be depressed for firing out to sea. The partly buried command post is located on the north-west side and controlled the laying and firing of the guns in their anti-aircraft role. A five-bay concrete magazine is located on the SW side. It is partly buried and surrounded by a blast wall for protection. Item 'B' comprises the gun house, a heavily protected single-storey concrete building used as a workshop and storage facility. It is located c. 150m to the north-east of the battery. Item 'C' is a coastal searchlight emplacement, originally one of a pair, located 275m south-west of the battery. It is a concrete-built structure and features the well-preserved remains of searchlight housing on its south side.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of World War II anti-aircraft and coastal defence practices. The monument is well preserved and is an important relic of actions taken against the perceived threat of German military activity in and above the Bristol Channel. It retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of associated archaeological features and deposits. The importance of the monument is further enhanced by the group value formed by the association of the individual structures within the overall defensive scheme.

The area to be scheduled comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive.

Source: Cadw

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