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HER Number:MDV107878
Name:Military Complex East of Grantlands

Summary

A complex of structures and trackways visible on aerial photographs taken in 1946 and 1947 is interpreted as a Second World War military complex. It had been removed by 1952.

Location

Grid Reference:ST 066 124
Map Sheet:ST01SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishUffculme
DistrictMid Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishUFFCULME

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthworks and ruins of World War II Military site in former parkland and Mill pond and weir/ mill leat to C18th Coldharbour Mill and section of Culm Valley Light Railway
  • SHINE: Earthworks and ruins of World War II Military site in former parkland and Mill pond and weir/ mill leat to C18th Coldharbour Mill and section of Culm Valley Light Railway

Other References/Statuses

  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • MILITARY SITE (World War II - 1939 AD to 1945 AD (Between))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/CPE/UK/1823, RAF/CPE/UK/1823 RP 3322-3323 04-NOV-1946 (Aerial Photograph). SDV354994.

A complex of buildings and trackways is visible.


Royal Air Force, 1947, RAF/CPE/UK/1974, RAF/CPE/UK/1974 FP 3286-3287 11-APR-1947 (Aerial Photograph). SDV356127.

The complex of buildings and trackways is visible. Map object based on this source.


Cambridge University, 1952, CUC/HW, CUCAP HW26 25-JUN-1952 (Aerial Photograph). SDV357657.

The structures are not visible, but the route of one of the trackways is visible as a pale curvilinear feature.


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

A complex of structures and trackways is visible on aerial photographs taken in 1946 and 1947, in parkland to the east of Grantlands. Interpreted as a Second World War military complex, its exact function is not clear from the aerial photographs. The structures are aligned in two rows of 7 and 8 along two trackways, and at 11 by 5 metres with a curved roof are probably Nissen-type huts. Numerous apparent storage containers are visible between the buildings and to the south of the trackways; the extent and layout of these features changes between July 1946 and April 1947, perhaps as the camp was dismantled. The complex is not visible on later available aerial photographs and is likely to have been removed relatively soon after the war, and certainly prior to June 1952.

Sources / Further Reading

  • Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/CPE/UK/1823. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/CPE/UK/1823 RP 3322-3323 04-NOV-1946.
  • Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1947. RAF/CPE/UK/1974. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/CPE/UK/1974 FP 3286-3287 11-APR-1947.
  • 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: Cambridge University. 1952. CUC/HW. Cambridge University Collection of Aerial Photographs. Photograph (Paper). CUCAP HW26 25-JUN-1952.

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:Sep 8 2017 10:53AM