Keys to the Past

Ryhope Rifle Range (Ryhope)

A rifle range first appears in this location on the second edition Ordnance Survey maps of 1894-1899 (1). The target is located just to the northwest of Pincushion Rocks with a 400 yard range stretching up the beach marked at 100 yard intervals in a northwesterly direction. The range is still marked on the fourth epoch OS maps of 1938-1950 (2) but has gone by the fifth epoch maps of 1951-1959 (3). This suggests that range would have been in use, perhaps in military training exercises late in the 19th century, during the First World War and WW2.

Reference number:D50068
Historical period: Victorian (1837 to 1901)
First World War (1914 to 1918)
Mid 20th Century (1933 to 1966)
Second World War (1939 to 1945)

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