Great Castle Head (SM 847065): Few traces remain of either the light anti-aircraft battery or the searchlight battery which occupied this headland in WWII, the searchlight huts being within the ditch of the Iron Age promontory fort. A nearby pile of rubble (SM 847059) is all that is left of a minewatcher’s post, although there is a suggestion that an old windmill once occupied this site and some of the rubble is connected with that. Below the cliffs are traces of a Victorian torpedo station. This was to have housed a state-of-the-art guided torpedo launching platform, but was never completed.
The 3-inch 20 cwt gun crew at Great Castle Head. (Image by Mr Orton).
Wartime group photo at the anti-aircraft battery at Great Castle Head.