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East Rogerton

Anti Aircraft Battery (20th Century)

Site Name East Rogerton

Classification Anti Aircraft Battery (20th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Gsg2; S2; Clyde Aa Defences

Canmore ID 107536

Site Number NS65NW 74

NGR NS 6306 5686

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

  • Council South Lanarkshire
  • Parish East Kilbride (South Lanarkshire)
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District East Kilbride
  • Former County Lanarkshire

Archaeology Notes

NS65NW 74 Centred 6306 5686

A four gun-emplacement battery with an associated accommodation camp is situated immediately S of a minor road running SW-NE from Rogerton farm. The site has now been partially cleared and little remains of the camp. The remains of the battery are visible on air photographs as four gun-emplacements with the command position and the accommodation camp in the adjacent field (visible on Ordnance Survey vertical air photographs OS 65/129, 065-066, flown 1965).

Information from RCAHMS (DE) July 1997

This World War II heavy anti-aircraft battery has been completely cleared away and a steel tower built on the site.

J Guy 2001; NMRS MS 810/11, Part 3, 227-8

Activities

Field Visit (4 July 2017)

Only a fragment of the camp associated with this heavy anti-aircraft battery survives and this is situated in a field of improved pasture (centred NS 63148 57036) about 175m NNE of the modern communications tower. The remains consist of up to four building platforms, a curving stone-capped wall (NS 63172 57066) and a brick-built drain (NS 63106 56989). This was one of at least 43 such batteries that were constructed to protect the industries in the centre of Glasgow and along the banks of the River Clyde from aerial attack by the Luftwaffe during WWII

The best preserved of the building platforms is largely grass-grown, but of cast concrete construction and located about 40m ENE of the field’s SW corner (NS 63120 57020). It is rectangular on plan and measures 11.2m from NW to SE by 4.7m transversely and up to 0.3m high. A low plinth at its SE end may have supported a stove. A second building platform (NS 63183 57056) is cut back into a SW-facing scarp about 65m to the NE. It is entirely grass-grown and measures 11.2m from NW to SE by 5.1m transversely. A more doubtful platform (NS 63160 57071) is situated 18m to the NW and about 3m from the public road, while another (NS63135 56973) lies immediately NE of the old hedge-line that forms the SE boundary of the field.

Visited by HES, Survey and Recording (ATW, AKK, AGCH) 4 July 2017.

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