Record Details

NHER Number:4326
Type of record:Monument
Name:Site of North Star Battery


The site of North Star Battery, a fortified gun emplacement built in 1782. It later fell into disuse, but was reconstructed in 1811, and eventually equipped with 32 pounder guns. The battery was then subject to periods of disuse followed by sporadic renovation and refortification until it was demolished in 1922, the resulting rubble being used in the building of Beatty Road.

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Grid Reference:TG 530 092
Map Sheet:TG50NW

Full description

Site of North Star Battery.
Formerly believed to have been located at TG 531 091.
Recorded on Ordinance Survey County Series map of 1906 (25 inch scale) Sheet No. LXVI/15 (Survey of 1883/4 revised 1904) as being at TG 5300 0920. Copy in NAU files.
Copy of plan and section of Battery held in NRO. Copy in NAU file.
D. A. Edwards (NAU), 31 July 1979.

Fort was erected at time of American War of Independence, and defended by 32 pounders. See (S1).
E. Rose (NAU), 31 July 1979.

Built 1782; dilapidated by 1811 but reconstructed on original lines and had 32 pounders by 1819. Dismounted guns 1836 and guns removed 'long before' 1851. See (S2).
E. Rose (NAU), 10 May 1985.

Renovated and refortified 1858 (S3). E. Rose (NAU).

In 1861 a Naval Battery was erected immediately northwest of the North Star Battery.
North Star Battery dismantled in 1898 but in use by volunteers 1903.
Naval Battery closed 1913 and Barnard Road built across its north edge.
North Star Battery was 'inactive' at this time.
See (S4).
E. Rose (NAU), 2 June 1987.

North Star Battery demolished 1922, with the rubble used to make Beatty Road.
Plan and location in file.

Monument Types

  • BATTERY (Post Medieval to 21st Century - 1540 AD to 2100 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Post-Medieval. Yarmouth (Great).
<S1>Publication: Evans, J. and Britton, J. 1810. The Beauties of England and Wales: or Delineations, Topographical, Historical and Descriptive of each County. Vol 11.
<S2>Article in Serial: 1985. [unknown]. Yarmouth Archaeology. Vol 2, no 2, p 28.
<S3>Article in Serial: [unknown]. Yarmouth Archaeology. Vol 2, no 3, p 90.
<S4>Article in Serial: Rye, G.. 1988. Great Yarmouth Fortifications 1914 - the present time.. Yarmouth Archaeology. Vol 3, p 43. p 43.

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