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Dome gunnery trainer at Pembrey Airfield

A Grade II* Listed Building in Cefn Sidan, Carmarthenshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.7095 / 51°42'34"N

Longitude: -4.3062 / 4°18'22"W

OS Eastings: 240757

OS Northings: 203714

OS Grid: SN407037

Mapcode National: GBR GP.WD6N

Mapcode Global: VH3M8.99VB

Entry Name: Dome gunnery trainer at Pembrey Airfield

Listing Date: 25 November 2003

Last Amended: 25 November 2003

Grade: II*

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 82066

Location: In a field on the E side of the former airfield, approximately 550m NW of Brooklands Farmhouse.

County: Carmarthenshire

Community: Cefn Sidan

Locality: Pembrey Airfield

Traditional County: Carmarthenshire

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History

Erected c1941 and used as a simulator to train air gunners in shooting down enemy fighters. The interior was originally whitewashed and lights projected on to the domed roof simulated aircraft lights, while a 'gun' was used to fire a light beam.

Exterior

An igloo-shaped domed structure approximately 10m high, of concrete with rendered exterior (partly fallen away to expose steel reinforcement). On the SW side is a lintelled doorway.

Interior

The entrance leads into a single domed chamber. The metal framework of a former screen above the doorway has survived, but the interior has been stripped of its original wall surfaces.

Reasons for Listing

Listed in a high grade for its exceptional historic interest as the only surviving World War II air defence simulator in Wales.
Scheduled Ancient Monument Cm 248.

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