Monument record MCC7272 - WWII Searchlight Emplacement, West Mersea
|Grid reference||TM 0209 1237 (point) (FCE)|
|Civil Parish||WEST MERSEA, COLCHESTER, ESSEX|
Type and Period (1)
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>
2007: SITE ASSESSMENT:
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>.
- --- SCC74405 Photograph: Tipper, Jess. 2020. Digital photographs of WWII Searchlight Emplacement, Victoria Esplanade, West Mersea. Digital.
- <1> SEX224 Photograph: unknown. unknown. SMR. one frame.
- <2> SEX31461 Photograph: Nash, Fred. 1996. WWII defences. one frame, 1993.
- <3> SCC73474 Photograph: Colchester Historic Buildings Forum. 2011. Digital photograph of 10-14 Vineyard Street, Colchester. Digital. Volume 1.
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Record last edited
Sep 2 2020 8:07AM