The Friends of Poets’ Walk in co-operation with North Somerset Council are currently clearing this Wain’s Hill site in order to preserve the remains of this valuable heritage feature for the community to enjoy. The above photograph was taken pre 1900.
A brief history
This is the site of a Palmerstonian Battery, a fortified emplacement for heavy guns, built in 1860 in response to the threat of a French invasion. It was manned by the First Somerset, or Clevedon Artillery Volunteers, who later became part (Battery Number 9) of the Gloucestershire Artillery Volunteer Corps. Two cannon originally stood here. The Battery ceased operations in 1908 when the national Volunteer Force was disbanded and the Territorial Force was established. The Clevedon Home Guard used the site in WW2.
Our latest news
Since clearing work began, the stone work has been further damaged by weather and vandalism but North Somerset Council contractors have now made the ruins safe, and less vulnerable, by filling in holes and capping the walls using lime mortar (photos below). Volunteers will continue the work of stabilising and pointing next spring.
Visiting the site
Visitors can access the site either via a woodland path branching off to the left at the start of the main Wain’s Hill path near the Battery Cottages, or else from Clevedon Pill by a flight of steep stone steps.
To follow the progress of our clearing work go to our Wain’s Hill Battery Diary
We urge the public to take care around the old and crumbling walls.