MHG52376 - Possible military installation, Newhall Point, Balblair


The site of a possible military installation identified from 1946 RAF vertical aerial photography.

Type and Period (1)

  • MILITARY INSTALLATION (Second World War - 1939 AD to 1945 AD)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

NH76SW 77 c.7089 6695
A semi-rectangular enclosure has been identified from vertical air photographs taken in 1945 (106G/UK 751, frames 5060-5062, flown 31 August 1945), situated at the edge of the raised beach S of Newhall Point. The photographs show it lies about 221m S of the Point and W of a fence line which is above a short row of modern houses.
Visible on the air photographs is what may be an earth-banked enclosure with a possible ditch on the N side and another ditch running through the middle. Within the enclosure are at least six buildings, huts and what may be an open water tank. Two of the huts may be shortened Nissen types.
No evidence has yet been found linking this site to military activity, however, its appearance would suggest such a use during wartime. In addition the OS 6-inch map of 1951 shows no enclosure or buildings at this location as do the pre-war editions of the OS maps, and the fact that it appears on photographs dated 1945 would suggest a wartime use.
Information from RCAHMS (DE), November 2008 <1>

This site is probably associated with, or may incorporate, the gun emplacement recorded under MHG30354. <2>

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Grid reference Centred NH 70872 66943 (84m by 49m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH76NW
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY
Civil Parish RESOLIS

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