Protecting Froward Point and its gun battery

Looking across the water to Froward Point

In 1982 the National Trust acquired Froward Point in South Devon. The site included land for the South West Coast Path and a Second World War gun battery built in 1942 to protect Dartmouth and Start Bay from attack.

Military background

The gun is a 6” calibre gun, weighing between 1½ and 2 tonnes, and reportedly had a range of 14 miles. When at full capacity, the battery was manned by up to 200 soldiers from a mixture of regiments: 52nd Bedford regiment, 556 Royal Artillery and 363 Royal Artillery. As the battery fell into disuse, the gun fell down the cliff and now lies half-buried, decaying and virtually unrecognisable in the mud.

Help needed

The team at Froward Point need between £2000 and £3000 to bring the gun back up the cliff, preserve it to prevent further decay and to put in on display at the Froward Point Battery. From there it’ll be back to its original place and help visitors to understand a snapshot of history from the story of the defence Devon coastline.
Our coast has incredible stories to tell, from the people who lived and worked around to the way in which elements have shaped it over the years. If we don’t understand and capture these many stories there is a risk they will be lost forever.

Play your part

The National Trust is a conservation charity that cares for over 300 miles of coast across the South West.
Please play your part in helping increase the understanding and enjoyment of our special coastline by sending a donation today by calling 0344 800 1895 or by texting NTCOAST to 70123 to donate £3*
*This is a charity donation service. You will be charged £3 plus one message at your standard network rate. The National Trust will receive 100% of your donations. If you’d rather we didn’t contact you in future, text NOCOMMS NT to 70060. If you wish to discuss this mobile payment call 0203 282 7863.