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Former Target Wall and Firing Butts

A Grade II Listed Building in Belper, Derbyshire

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Latitude: 53.0091 / 53°0'32"N

Longitude: -1.4924 / 1°29'32"W

OS Eastings: 434158

OS Northings: 345879

OS Grid: SK341458

Mapcode National: GBR 6CW.7J6

Mapcode Global: WHDGF.1MMH

Entry Name: Former Target Wall and Firing Butts

Listing Date: 5 July 1996

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1268382

English Heritage Legacy ID: 461879

Location: Belper, Amber Valley, Derbyshire, DE56

County: Derbyshire

District: Amber Valley

Civil Parish: Belper

Traditional County: Derbyshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Derbyshire

Church of England Parish: Hazelwood St John the Evangelist

Church of England Diocese: Derby

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Listing Text


950- /6/10002 Former Target Wall and Firing


Former firing range. Circa 1800, the target wall dated 1800. The range is comprised of a tall
tapering target wall, aligned north east-south west. approx. 25 metres long and 5 metres high. The wall is built of coursed squared gritstone, with a heavy flat gritstone coping. To the south east of the wall are a group of 5 regularly- spaced rectangular coursed stone firing butts or platforms, the first being approx 150 metres from the wall, and spaced every 25 metres thereafter. HISTORY: the firing range was built for the local militia, The Belper Volunteer Battalion, raised by Strutt family who established the textile factory communities at Belper and Milford. Lt. Cl. Joseph Strutt was the battalion commander. The range was used during the Napoleonic Wars, and again in 1860, during the Boer War and the First World War. The firing range is important evidence of the part played by local militias in the national defence strategy of the early C19, and is a rare survival of the period.

Listing NGR: SK3415845879

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