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Wick, Willowbank

Gun Emplacement (20th Century), Nissen Hut(S) (20th Century)

Site Name Wick, Willowbank

Classification Gun Emplacement (20th Century), Nissen Hut(S) (20th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Light Anti-aircraft Battery; Whitehouse Park

Canmore ID 264438

Site Number ND35SE 357

NGR ND 3689 5108

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Wick
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Caithness
  • Former County Caithness

Archaeology Notes

ND35SE 357 3689 5108

A light anti-aircraft gun emplacement has been identified from a WW II RAF vertical air photograph (WIC 48, 37, flown 26 November 1941) between Willowbank and Scalesburn.

The site consisted of a rectangular emplacement about 40m in length, a smaller circular emplacement about 25-30m in diameter and three Nissen huts about 50m to the N. The larger emplacement has been identified as mounting a Bofors gun whilst the smaller emplacement would appear to have been either a light machine gun or a range finding apparatus.

Entrance to the installation was from Willowbank immediately E of no.65.

A new housing estate (Whitehouse Park) has been built over the site and no trace remains of the gun-emplacement.

Information from RCAHMS (DE), September 2004.

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