Local List: WWII Gun Emplacement No. 2, Victoria Esplanade, West Mersea (DCC26104)

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Grade Building
Authority Colchester Borough Council
Date assigned 24 August 2020
Date last amended


During WWII this area of West Mersea was a coastal artillery site with two 4.7" guns made in Japan in 1918. This gun emplacement, No. 2, stands at the back of the beach and has been converted to a cafe. The building was adopted onto the Local List by the Local Plan Committee on 24/08/20. An important WWII heritage asset. 4.7-inch gun casemates are now very rare and this is the sole remaining example of this type in the county.

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  • Photograph: Tipper, Jess. 2020. Digital photographs of WWII Searchlight Emplacement, Victoria Esplanade, West Mersea. Digital.



Grid reference Centred TM 0195 1238 (13m by 10m)
Map sheet TM01SW
County ESSEX

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Sep 3 2020 7:20AM

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