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Mossbank

Anti Aircraft Battery (20th Century)

Site Name Mossbank

Classification Anti Aircraft Battery (20th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Z1; Grindwell

Canmore ID 114941

Site Number HU47NE 10

NGR HU 4523 7526

NGR Description Centred HU 4523 7526

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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  • Council Shetland Islands
  • Parish Delting
  • Former Region Shetland Islands Area
  • Former District Shetland
  • Former County Shetland

Archaeology Notes

HU47NE 10 centred 4523 7526

The site of a heavy anti-aircraft battery is situated in a field by a steel mast, NE of the village hall. Nothing now remains of this battery except slight earthworks, the two gun positions lay each side of the mast.

The anti-aircraft battery consisted of two 3-inch guns and directing instruments.

J Guy; NMRS MS/810/4, 31-2, 34.

The heavy anti-aircraft battery is just visible on vertcial air photographs (106G/Scot/UK 98, 3288-3289, flown 18 May 1946), in a field to the S of a house annotated 'Grindwell' on the OS 1:10000 scale map (1973) and the more recently built 'Shuile-na-Mara'. All that can be seen on the photographs are the two earth-banked gun-emplacements with disturbed ground between the road and the gun site. No hutted camp for crew is visible on the photographs.

The battery was designated Z1 by the War Office (Public Record Office, AIR 2/4768, WO 166/7270).

Information from RCAHMS (DE), February 2006

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