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Peel Bay Battery

In the parish of Peel.
On the Isle of Man.

OS Map Grid Reference: SC249843
Latitude 54.22474° Longitude -4.68719°

Peel Bay Battery has been described as a probable Artillery Fort.

There are no visible remains.


The site of a horseshoe-shaped gun battery built on the water's edge at the east end of Peel Bay between 1795-1797. This battery replaced one destroyed by a storm in 1793. A small piece of C15 or early C16 century cannon was found below the low watermark in this area in 1863 and may indicate an even earlier battery existed on the site (Curphy 1967; 1968). (PastScape)

Comments (by Philip Davis)

The evidence of a pre 1600 artillery fort here is fairly slight being a old record of the finding of a piece of a cannon which, of course, could have come from a ship or from another location. However the C18 use of the site for a battery site does suggest the location is possible as the site of an earlier emplacement. If there was artillery here then, presumably, it was in an earthwork and wicker gabion type emplacement, perhaps with a small building to house powder.
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This record last updated on Tuesday, April 18, 2017