Watch House battery and ditch, Wembury - South Hams

Constructed 1904 but utilising an 1860s ditch system, with First and Second World War additions. The site was leased to a private company until 2009, and since then has been vacant and subject to vandalism. Recording has been put in hand but no options for repair/reuse have been agreed.

Watch House battery and ditch, Wembury - South Hams
© Historic England

Site Details

  • Designated Site Name: Staddon Heights Defences Including Fort Staddon Fort, Brownhill Battery, Watch House Battery, Staddon Heights Battery, Staddon Battery And Associated Features And Structures
  • Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument
  • List Entry Number: 1002585
  • Local Planning Authority: South Hams
  • Site Type: Defence > Battery


  • Building Name: Watch House battery and ditch
  • County: Devon
  • Unitary Authority: Plymouth, City of (UA)
  • District / Borough: South Hams
  • Parish: Wembury
  • Parliamentary Constituency: South West Devon
  • Region: South West

Assessment Information

  • Assessment Type: Building or structure
  • Condition: Very bad
  • Occupancy / Use: Vacant/not in use
  • Priority: A - Immediate risk of further rapid deterioration or loss of fabric; no solution agreed
  • Previous Priority: A
  • Ownership: Government or agency
  • Designation: Scheduled Monument, LB grade II