Searchlight Battery at Ryton on Dunsmore
The remains of a searchlight battery complete with ancillary buildings can be seen on aerial photographs
1 The remains of a searchlight battery complete with ancillary buildings which can be seen on aerial photographs were mapped as part of the English Heritage National Mapping Project. There are four circular structures protected with earth pilled against them. These would appear to house at least one large diameter searchlight, a direction finder and a controll point. The accomodation huts to the south of the site appear to be linked to the active elements by a ditch which may have contained communications cables. The site has four small pits arround its perimeter which may have contained fixed guns of some type. A rectangular bank in the western corner of the site may be a further hut base.
2 Searchlight projectors, communication cables, bomb craters and gun pits all mapped. See Figure 28, Appendix 10.2 (note: this site is incorrectly referred to as MWA12099 in this report).