Sussex Military Research Projects

Newhaven Battery Plotting Room

Project ID: SMR1002

Location: Newhaven, East Sussex

Project date: 2012



Project Overview: Newhaven Coast Battery

This project was run in cooperation with Castle Hill Nature Reserve and focussed on the Battery Plotting Room (BPR) of the coast artillery battery on West Hill, Newhaven. The battery comprised three six-inch guns and was built from 1941, being ready for action in 1943. The BPR was sited 100m away down the hill from the surviving gun emplacements.

Description: Removal of vegetation from and recording of, the Battery Plotting Room (BPR) for the coast artillery battery on West Hill, Newhaven.

Heavy tree and vine growth was removed from on and around the BPR and its blast wall. The interior was cleared of rubbish and swept prior to recording. A small excavation revealed the presence of armoured cables that were part of the communications system.

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