Monument record MCC7272 - WWII Searchlight Emplacement, West Mersea


This searchlight emplacement was part of the WWII coastal artillery site at West Mersea.


Grid reference TM 0209 1237 (point)
Map sheet TM01SW


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1993: This searchlight emplacement was part of the coastal artillery site at West Mersea. It still stands at the back of the beach and acts as an ice cream stall in the summer.<1> One photo of site.<2>

During World War Two, there were two 4.7-inch coastal artillery batteries on Mersea Island, one at the east end of the island (SMRs 10026 – 10033) and one here, at West Mersea. Both comprised two guns, each in its own casemate, a Battery Observation Post, horizontally-aimed searchlights and pillboxes. At West Mersea, one of the gun casemates and a searchlight emplacement still survive.

4.7-inch gun casemates and their attendant coastal artillery searchlight emplacements are now very rare. This is the sole remaining gun casemate of this type in Essex. There are only four surviving coastal artillery searchlight emplacements in the county. In the top layer of WWII archaeology and an important part of the history and heritage of Essex, every effort should be made to ensure their continued survival, ultimately with statutory protection.

See also <3>.

Sources/Archives (4)

  • --- Photograph: Tipper, Jess. 2020. Digital photographs of WWII Searchlight Emplacement, Victoria Esplanade, West Mersea. Digital.
  • <1> Photograph: unknown. unknown. SMR. one frame.
  • <2> Photograph: Nash, Fred. 1996. WWII defences. one frame, 1993.
  • <3> Photograph: Colchester Historic Buildings Forum. 2011. Digital photograph of 10-14 Vineyard Street, Colchester. Digital. Volume 1.

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Sep 2 2020 8:07AM

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