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Carsethorn, Quadrant Tower

Observation Post (20th Century)

Site Name Carsethorn, Quadrant Tower

Classification Observation Post (20th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Carse Bay; Solway Firth

Canmore ID 146619

Site Number NX96SE 17

NGR NX 98588 60203

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Dumfries And Galloway
  • Parish Kirkbean
  • Former Region Dumfries And Galloway
  • Former District Nithsdale
  • Former County Kirkcudbrightshire

Archaeology Notes

NX96SE 17 98588 60203

A brick and concrete WWII quadrant tower is situated on the shore, N of Carsethorn, adjacent to Carse Bay. Standing on four legs the single tower was used for spotting on the bombing range off-shore used by aircraft from Heathall airfield (NX97NE 153.00).

J Guy 1999; NMRS MS 810/6, 83-4 (vol.1); 18 (vol.2)

The quadrant tower and concrete bombing target arrow are visible on vertical air photographs (106G/Scot/UK 41, 2002-2003, flown 4 May 1946), which shows that there was a small circular feaure on the beach, two blocks on either side of the arrow with two concrete bars at the SW end. The tower and arrow are also visible on air photographs taken in 1988 (All Scotland Survey [Jasair], 25 88 120-121, flown 16 June 1988), which show that the two concrete bars, blocks and circular feature have either been removed or are now buried.

The tower and arrow are shown on the current OS 1:2500 scale digital map.

Information from RCAHMS (DE), April 2006.


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