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Monument record MDR14095 - Rifle targets and butts (remains of), north of Watford Wood, Buxton

Type and Period (3)

  • (Victorian to Early 20th Century - 1875 AD to 1921 AD)
  • (Victorian to Early 20th Century - 1875 AD to 1921 AD)
  • (Victorian to Early 20th Century - 1875 AD to 1921 AD)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

Full Description

A group of earthworks labelled 'Targets' appear here on the 2nd edition OS map of c. 1900. They are not marked on the 1st edition 25" OS map of c. 1880. Shooting stations are labelled at 100 yard intervals, running east-south-east up to 500 yards, and are labelled 'Rifle Range'. By the 3rd edition OS map of the early 20th century there appear to have been more targets and butts created. (1-3) Earthworks are visible at this location on modern aerial photographs, which appear to correlate with the historic OS mapping. (4-5) The rifle butts were visited by a member of the public in early 2015. The older butts were reported to be clearly visible on the ground. The newer butts have a markets shelter in poor condition and only a few fragments of cut metal to show where the target hoisting mechanism would have been. The stop butt surface is partially eroded revealing numerous spent .303 bullets. These bullets fall in to three types: hollow points, round nosed and spitzer. Hollow points suggest early usage of this site; the round nosed are probably pre-WWI, and the Spitzer type are any time from 1910. (6, 7)

Sources/Archives (7)

  • <1> Map: Ordnance Survey (OS). 1882. OS County Series, 1st edition, scale 1:2500 (c. 25" to one mile).
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey (OS). 1896-1900. OS County Series, 2nd edition (1st revision), scale 1:2500 (c. 25" to one mile).
  • <3> Map: Ordnance Survey (OS). 1912-1921. OS County Series, 3rd edition (Second Revision), scale 1:2500 (25" to one mile).
  • <4> *Internet Web Site: Google Maps. Website viewed 04/11/2013.
  • <5> Aerial Photograph: UK Perspectives. 1999-2002. Aerial photographic coverage of Derbyshire.
  • <6> Correspondence: Taylor, I. 2015. Email re rifle range on Burbage Moor, received by County Archaeologist 17/04/2015. Email.
  • <7> Photograph: Photograph Collection, Conservation & Design section, Derbyshire County Council. HER Images Files - Buxton (digital).



Grid reference Centred SK 0393 7443 (191m by 228m)

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Record last edited

Oct 26 2016 3:02PM

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