Record Details

NHER Number:13374
Type of record:Monument
Name:Site of a late 18th century gun battery at Gorleston on Sea


Cliff Hill is the site of a late 18th century gun battery. The battery was built on the site during the American War of Independence and then rebuilt during the Napoleonic Wars. It was dismantled in 1815 and the site is now built over. There were plans to build a fort on the site in 1587, but it is unlikely that it was ever constructed.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 528 036
Map Sheet:TG50SW

Full description

Site of Fort on Cliff Hill ('Battery Hill').
Built in American War, rebuilt in Napoleonic Wars and dismantled in 1815. Site now built over.
See discussion (S1) in file.
E. Rose (NAU), 24 January 1985.

(S2) states this was also the intended site for a fort in 1587, but that it was probably never built at that time.
E. Rose (NLA), 5 November 1998.

December 2005.
During American War the fort was a small stockaded battery armed with six 24 pound guns (S2).
D. Robertson (NLA), 6 December 2005.

Monument Types

  • BATTERY (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • FORT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Monograph: Crisp, W.F.. 1885. Chronological retrospect of the history of Yarmouth..
---Monograph: Palmer, C.J.. 1854. History of Great Yarmouth..
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Unpublished Document: Eaton, D.. 1985. The Battery on Cliff Hill, Gorleston.
<S2>Publication: Kent, P. 1988. Fortifications of East Anglia. pp 200, 210.

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