Paisley, Dykebar Hill

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Alternative Names Gsg5; S5; Clyde Aa Defences; Dykebarhill
Canmore ID 107522
Site Number NS46SE 88
NGR NS 4985 6228
Former District RENFREW
Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Archaeological Notes

NS46SE 88 Centred 4985 6228

Situated on the summit of Dykebar Hill was a four emplacement heavy anti-aircraft battery. There may have been an extra two open emplacements and the accommodation camp was to the SE adjacent to the A726 public road.
Information from RCAHMS (DE) July 1997

This World War II heavy anti-aircraft battery is situated on Dykebar Hill to the rear of Glanapp Avenue.
Five earth mounds now cover the gun-emplacements and command post and part of the perimeter fence survives to mark the existance of the battery. No other remains could be seen on the date of visit.
The battery was armed with four 3.7-inch guns.
J Guy 2001; NMRS MS 810/11, Part 3, 194-5

NS 499 622 (centre) An archaeological evaluation was undertaken in February and March 2004 on the site of proposed residential development. Specific targets were a medieval defensive work, 18th-century circular landscape features, the possible post-medieval or earlier Dykebarhill farmstead, and WW2 anti-aircraft defences.
The evaluation established that the summit of Dykebar Hill had recently been capped by a major dump of redeposited boulder clay, up to 3m thick, which would have buried the medieval earthwork. One of the circular landscape features was investigated, and shallow ditches and a revetting of loose fieldstone were found at locations on its perimeter. At the site of Dykebarhill farmstead, two phases of building remains were found. Evidence of WW2 defences was found in the form of an intact bunker-like structure, and the brick walls and concrete floors of other buildings.
Archive to be deposited in the NMRS.
Sponsor: O¿Brien Properties Ltd.
R Cachart 2004

1 December 2009

Notes NS 4989 6225 (centred on) A watching brief was undertaken
1 December 2009 on the site of a residential development.
The focus of the watching brief was the S side of a WW2
bunker which is located on the SW side of a WW2 antiaircraft
battery. The bunker is situated on the N boundary of
the development area, near to the summit of Dykebar Hill.
The bunker revetting/ramping material consisted of soil
and rubble containing modern finds. The ramping material
was machine cleared from the S face of the bunker and this
revealed the outside (S face) of a brick blast wall on the E
side of the bunker. Part of the W side of the bunker remained
masked by soil deposits that were left in situ. No finds or
features pre-dating the construction of the WW2 bunker
were found.
Archive: RCAHMS
Funder: O’Brien Properties Ltd

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Books and References

Cachart, R (2004r) 'Strathcarron Drive, Dykebar Hill, Paisley (Paisley parish), medieval earthwork; farmstead; WW2 anti-aircraft site', Discovery Excav Scot, vol.5
Page(s): 112

Cachart, R (2010l) 'Strathcarron Drive, Dykebar Hill, Renfrewshire (Paisley parish), watching brief', Discovery Excav Scot, New, vol.11 Cathedral Communications Limited, Wiltshire, England.
Page(s): 151

Redfern, N I (1998) Twentieth century fortifications in the United Kingdom, 5 V. V.1 Introduction and sources; V.2 Site gazetteers: Wales; V.3 Site gazetteers: Northern Ireland; V.4 & 5 Site gazetteers: Scotland York
Page(s): 10 Held at RCAHMS F.6.9.CBA

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