Mountbatten Pub

at , Plymouth, PL9 9

<p><b>Mount Batten</b> is a 24-metre-tall outcrop of rock on a 600-metre <a href="/pages/w/115898271757302">peninsula</a> in <a href="/pages/w/107981882558117">Plymouth Sound</a>, Devon, England, named after <a href="/pages/w/136230189741102">William Batten</a>.</p><p>After some redevelopment which started with the area coming under the control of the <a href="/pages/w/103769756328492">Plymouth Development Corporation</a> for five years from 1993, the peninsula now has a <a href="/pages/w/105491879483767">marina</a> and centre for sea sport.</p><p>The Mount Batten Breakwater (also referred to as Cattewater Breakwater and Mount Batten Pier) to the west doubles as a breakwater for the Cattewater and Sutton Harbour. It was built in 1881 by the Cattewater Commissioners and subsequently refurbished by the Plymouth Development Corporation opening formally in 1995.</p><h2>History</h2><h3>Early history</h3><p>According to excavations reported by <a href="/pages/w/116053731775514">Barry Cunliffe</a> in 1988, Mount Batten was the site of the earliest trade with Europe yet discovered in Britain, operating from the late <a href="/pages/w/112952685385579">Bronze Age</a>, peaking in the late <a href="/pages/w/103127533060827">Iron Age</a> and continuing in operation throughout the <a href="/pages/w/112994705379073">Roman</a> period. It appears to have been the primary route of entry to Britain for large quantities of continental commodities such as wine, and is therefore a speculative candidate for the trading centre of '<a href="/pages/w/255407247867652">Ictis</a>' reported by <a href="/pages/w/108797629143848">Diodorus Siculus</a> and for the 'Tamaris' of <a href="/pages/w/104072309629497">Ptolemy</a>'s <a href="/pages/w/111746832177943">Geographia</a>. Three fine British-made <a href="/pages/w/136865903002313">bronze mirror</a> were excavated on the peninsula, among many other ancient finds, but were lost in the <a href="/pages/w/110411849010583">Plymouth Blitz</a>.</p>


Mountbatten Pub

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