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Greenock, Whin Hill

Anti Aircraft Battery (20th Century)

Site Name Greenock, Whin Hill

Classification Anti Aircraft Battery (20th Century)

Alternative Name(s) As2; Clyde Aa Defences; Whinhill

Canmore ID 119855

Site Number NS27SE 71

NGR NS 2755 7495

NGR Description Centred NS 2755 7495

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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  • Council Inverclyde
  • Parish Greenock
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Inverclyde
  • Former County Renfrewshire

Archaeology Notes

NS27SE 71 Centred 2755 7495

The site of a four gun heavy anti-aircraft battery now lies within what is depicted on the OS 1:10000 map (1980) as a small forestry plantation.

Information from RCAHMS (DE) July 1997

Nothing survives of this World War II heavy anti-aircraft battery which was situated on the plateau below the Whinhill Golf Club buildings.

J Guy 2001; NMRS MS 810/11, Part 1, 95-6

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Field Visit (23 August 2017)

Little can be seen in an area now occupied by a golf course and waste ground of this heavy anti-aircraft battery which is recorded on an RAF vertical aerial photograph (3664, F309) taken on 6 June 1941. It 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. However, a grass-grown mound (NS27543 74918), situated about 70m N of the clubhouse and partly underlying a fence-line may mark the site of the SE gun-pit. It measures 24m from N to S by 23m transversely and up to 1m high.

The heavily overgrown concrete foundations of a building (NS27398 74959) and an isolated piece of concrete (NS 27391 74995), situated in waste ground about 140m NW of the clubhouse, are the only traces of the associated camp.

Visited by HES, Survey and Recording (ATW, AKK) 23 August 2017.

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