During September, we at the AONB Office are undertaking a project to stabilise and conserve the former Huers’ Lookout on the hilltop on Burgh Island. This prominent historic ruin is thought to be a 17th or 18th Century building, on the site of a former chapel, and later re-used as an observation post in World War Two.
The work will be undertaken by specialised contractors under the supervision of an archaeologist and a civil engineer, and aims simply to prevent further deterioration of the structure. Work includes re-pointing, crack-stitching and treating spalling concrete lintels. A small interpretation panel will be installed in the next few weeks.
The project is a partnership involving the South West Coast Path Team, Devon County Council’s Historic Environment Office and the South Devon AONB Office, with the cooperation of the landowners Burgh Island Ltd. The work is externally funded by the Rural Development Programme for England through the South West Coast Path Unlocking Our Coastal Heritage programme.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any query about the project.
Sincerely, Robin Toogood.
Robin Toogood, South Devon AONB Manager
Follaton House, Plymouth Rd, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 5NE