Battery Point

Esplanade Road, Portishead, BS20 7HD

Protection Type Centenary Fields

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June 2020 Protected since

Battery Point is an open green space to the north of Portishead. It has a long history of being an important area for Portishead and Avonmouth, as both a 'look out' and an ...

Battery Point is an open green space to the north of Portishead. It has a long history of being an important area for Portishead and Avonmouth, as both a 'look out' and an area of defence to be fortified during war. The panoramic, wide ranging views across the mouth of the Severn Estuary make it an ideal advantage point.

One of the earliest known notable recordings of the space is when John Cabot sailed pasted on his voyage from Bristol to discover the 'New World' in 1497. During World War I the space was manned by Devon and Cornwall Fire Command. They were supported by No2 Heavy Battery Devon Royal Garrison Artillery who were based at the nearby Royal Hotel. A Battery was also installed to the north-west side of Eastwood. By World War II, coast artillery searchlights and coastal guns were in place, which were manned by the Home Guard by 1942. At the end of the War the old barracks became homes for people who had been bombed out of their own homes.

FACILITIES at: Battery Point

  • Open Space

For enquiries about this site, any issues, pitch bookings or maintenance please contact the managing organisation:

Managing organisation North Somerset Council

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