Brixham Battery Heritage Centre, Brixham

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Brixham Battery and Battery Gardens are an open space on the sea shore in Brixham, Devon at. They are a traditional observation point for Brixham trawler races, both past and present.
The 14acre site of Battery Gardens was first used as a battery in 1586 during the war between England and Spain. The Battery was not permanently armed but was certainly 'active' throughout the American War of Independence during the 1780s and the Napoleonic War against France during the first decade of the 19th century. The Battery was also used by the Coast Guard for gunnery training during the 1870s.
All that can be seen today was built from June – September 1940 immediately following the defeat and evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force from Dunkirk after the fall of France.
Of the 116 Emergency Batteries built in 1940 from John O'Groats to Kent, to Lands End, and to South Wales only 7 remain. Of these Brixham battery is the most complete. English Heritage had surveyed the whole site and it is now a scheduled monument.
"Battery" is a category of artillery weapons and the soldiers who operate them. The World War II coast and defence batteries had two main guns, anti-aircraft weapons and, in the case of Brixham, extra harbour defence guns.
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  • Visited the Battery on another of their brilliant open days. The volunteers are all so friendly & helpful. The tours are well worth attending as you learn so much. Check the opening times for non spec...  more »
  • Learn the history of the defence of this beautiful coast. The volunteers who look after this venue are very knowledgeable. Well worth a visit. Only open in the afternoons Fri- Sun.  more »
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  • Great place to take the kids. Some fantastic historical WW2 artifacts. Plus you get to pick up the guns.
  • Great little museum, very helpful, informative volunteers. My daughter was learning about WW2 and rationing at school and the guys there were really able bring it to life with their experiences, knowledge and encouragement to handle some of the exhibits.
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