Our 14 acre site of Battery Gardens
Battery Gardens is one of
Brixham's environmental and historic assets, rich in panoramic views, scenic beauty and a traditional observation point for Brixham trawler races, both past and present.
is known that as far back as 1586 a gun platform was established in battery grounds against the threat of attack from Spain. This was maintained until 1664.
The battery was next activated on Nov. 5th.1688 when William IIIs army landed and camped on Furzeham Common. Guns were positioned to protect the fleet, the town and to cover the road from Paignton.
During the period 1776 - 1890 the battery was known variously as Furzdon, Furzeham, Furzham, Furzedown and Fishcombe point. During the
end of the eighteenth century Brixham was the revictuling station for the western approach of the Royal Navy, and as such was a very necessary port for the Navy, especially during the American Civil War of Independence.
When France joined America in 1778 and Spain in 1779, the Board of Ordnance decided that, along with other naval stations along the south coast of England, Brixham was to be protected by gun emplacements.
Battery gardens was to be the most westerly battery covering the harbour. The militia were to prepare the positions, and the guns, 24 Pounders, arrived in May 1780 at the same
time as the Berry Head guns (the site of a Napoleonic fort a little along from battery gardens). The land being commandeered, compensation being paid in 1783 at the end of hostilities.