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HER Number:MDV107765
Name:First or Second World War Training Trenches on Uffculme Down

Summary

A complex of earthwork ditches visible on aerial photographs taken in the 1940s, are interpreted as First or Second World War practice trenches. By 1965 the site had been quarried away.

Location

Grid Reference:ST 071 134
Map Sheet:ST01SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishUffculme
DistrictMid Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishUFFCULME

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • PRACTICE TRENCH (World War I to World War II - 1914 AD to 1945 AD (Between))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/CPE/UK/1823, RAF/CPE/UK/1823 RP 3321-3322 04-NOV-1946 (Aerial Photograph). SDV354994.

A complex of earthwork ditches is visible. Map object based on this source.


Royal Air Force, 1947, RAF/CPE/UK/1974, RAF/CPE/UK/1974 FP 1286-1287 11-APR-1947 (Aerial Photograph). SDV356127.

The earthworks are not visible and may be obscured by vegetation.


Royal Air Force, 1965, RAF/58/7109, RAF/58/7109 F41 0232-0233 22-NOV-1965 (Aerial Photograph). SDV351186.

The area has been quarried away.


Hegarty, C. + Knight, S. + Sims, R., 2014-2015, East and Mid Devon River Catchments National Mapping Programme Project (Interpretation). SDV356883.

A complex of earthwork ditches is visible on aerial photographs taken in 1946, on Uffculme Down, to the north of a gravel pit. The ditches are narrow at between 1 and 2 metres in width, and are zig-zag or crenelated in plan. Their location on rough open ground, the date of the photographs on which they are visible and their shape are consistent with an interpretation as 20th century military practice trenches. They could be of First World War date, although as they were fairly well-defined in 1946 but had been covered by vegetation by 1947 a Second World War origin is more likely. By 1965 the quarry had extended to the north and the site had been quarried away.

Sources / Further Reading

  • Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1965. RAF/58/7109. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/58/7109 F41 0232-0233 22-NOV-1965.
  • Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/CPE/UK/1823. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/CPE/UK/1823 RP 3321-3322 04-NOV-1946.
  • Interpretation: Hegarty, C. + Knight, S. + Sims, R.. 2014-2015. East and Mid Devon River Catchments National Mapping Programme Project. AC Archaeology Report. Digital.
  • Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1947. RAF/CPE/UK/1974. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/CPE/UK/1974 FP 1286-1287 11-APR-1947.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6530 - The East and Mid-Devon Rivers Catchment NMP project (Ref: ACD613)
  • EDV6924 - The Blackdown Hills AONB and East Devon River Catchments NMP project (Ref: ACD1228)

Date Last Edited:Oct 16 2014 11:22AM