The sites built on this headland belong to the Staddon Heights defences of the 1860s. They face both landward and seaward. Staddon Heights overlooks the old part of the city, the approach channel and the harbours of Sutton Pool and the Cattewater. The bulk of the defences here faced landward and were intended to protect these areas from an enemy invasion.
Much of the land in this area is in private ownership or MoD estate.