MHG35179 - Searchlight Batteries - Coast Battery, Site No. 1, North Sutor
Searchlight batteries associated with the First World War Site No. 1, 9.2 inch Battery, and later Second World War 6 inch Battery site.
Type and Period (1)
- COASTAL BATTERY (First World War to Second World War - 1914 AD to 1945 AD)
- None recorded
2 connected turrets and a third on an isolated stack. Slowly decaying. Doors and shields rusting and falling off. The connecting bridge is almost collapsed and dangerous.
CFA/MORA Coastal Assessment Survey 1998.
Two searchlight platforms at the foot of the cliff. Not visited.
Information from RCAHMS, October 2004
Located on rock stacks at the foot of the cliffs below First and Second World War battery (Site No. 1) are the remains of three searchlight emplacements. The searchlights was accessed via a wooden and stone flight of steps down a very steep slope. Two searchlights lie next to each other separated by a geo which required the building of a small suspension bridge to access the E searchlight. Both were part of the original 1913 plan but were rebuilt for the Second World War to a different design. A plinth possibly for a transformer or other electrical equipment lies to the rear of the W building. A metal wire framework similar in appearance to a rope ladder, which extends across the geo to the cliffs above, once carried the power and communication cables. The remains of a second one can be seen next to the NW corner of the bridge.
A third searchlight dating to the First World War can be seen on a rock stack c.50m to the NE. Below the emplacement on the N side of the stack is a possible landing stage or a stone access path to the rock stack. The emplacement is similar to those on the South Sutor with a low concrete wall and a metal frame for a canvas or wooden roof and walls and a concrete closet to the rear.
On the path to the searchlights, about half way down is a small building, possibly for eletrical equipment.
Information from RCAHMS (AKK) 29 July 2013. <1> <2>
The structures described are visible on aerial photography taken in 2009. <3>
Martin Briscoe has submitted photographs of this site to the Highland HER Flickr group. <4>
For other installations associated with the First World War (Site No. 1) 9.2 inch battery site, see also MHG35176, MHG35177, MHG35183, MHG46670, MHG59897, MHG59148, MHG59175, MHG59142.
For other installations associated with the Second World War 6 inch battery site, see also
MHG35180, MHG35177, MHG35981, MHG35183, MHG 38497, MHG46669, MHG46670, MHG59141, MHG59174, MHG59896, MHG59178, MHG34271, MHG35182.
- <1> Interactive Resource/Online Database: RCAHMS. Canmore, online database of the Royal Commission for the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS). 170750.
- <2> Collection/Project Archive: Kilpatrick, A K. 2014. RCAHMS World War One Survey Project. Digital. No, 97-8, 677-81.
- <3> Image/Photograph(s)/Aerial Photograph/Vertical: Get Mapping. 2009. Getmapping aerial photography 2009. XY
- <4> Image/Photograph(s): Briscoe, J M. 2008-11. Information and photographs of various sites submitted by Martin Briscoe. Colour. Yes. Digital.
|Grid reference||Centred NH 8211 6876 (101m by 58m) (Buffered by site type)|
Related Monuments/Buildings (4)
- Part of: Coastal Batteries - North Sutor (Monument) (MHG8556)
- Related to: Engine House - Coast Battery, Site No. 1, Noth Sutor (Monument) (MHG46670)
- Related to: Gun Emplacements - Coast Battery, North Sutor (Monument) (MHG35180)
- Related to: Gun Emplacements - Coast Battery, Site No. 1, North Sutor (Monument) (MHG35176)
Related Investigations/Events (0)
External Links (2)
- http://www.flickr.com/groups/her/pool/tags/MHG50996 (View images of this site in the Highland HER Flickr group)
- https://canmore.org.uk/site/170750 (View RCAHMS Canmore entry for this site)
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