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HER Number:MDV109200
Name:Military Complex North of Post Cross

Summary

A complex of structures and trackways visible on aerial photographs taken in 1947 is interpreted as a Second World War military site. Most of the supersructures had been removed by 1967, and no remains are visible on the most recent aerial photographs taken in 2010.

Location

Grid Reference:ST 057 071
Map Sheet:ST00NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishKentisbeare
DistrictMid Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishKENTISBEARE

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1947, RAF/CPE/UK/1995 RP, RAF/CPE/UK/1995 RP 3135-3136 13-APR-1947 (Aerial Photograph). SDV356899.

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


Ordnance Survey, 1967, OS/67039 V, OS/67039 V 081-082 18-APR-1967 (Aerial Photograph). SDV356901.

Three small huts are visible; the bases of several of the larger huts and circular tanks are also visible.


Ordnance Survey, 1989, OS/89162, OS/89162 V 602-603 08-MAY-1989 (Aerial Photograph). SDV356894.

None of the original superstructures are visible, although the bases of the larger huts and circular water tanks are still visible.


GetMapping, 1999, 069/99, Devon County Council GetMapping/068/99 0444-0445 11-JUL-1999 (Aerial Photograph). SDV355855.

The site is mostly cleared, but the bases of many of the structures are visible.


Next Perspectives, 2010, Aerial Photography for Great Britain, Next Perspectives PGA Imagery ST0507 22-MAY-2010 (Aerial Photograph). SDV356259.

The site has been redeveloped and there is no visible evidence of the military structures.


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 1947, and is interpreted as a Second World War military complex, although its exact function is not clear from the aerial photographs. The structures are of Nissen hut type, and arrayed along a trackway that entered the site near Post Cross: four pairs of 10 by 27 metres and one pair of 5 by 12 were sited along the south side of the track; eight additional pairs of the smaller size were sited along the northern side and an extension in the north of the site, and two larger structures of 43 by 12 metres were close to the entrance. Pale rectangular parchmarks in the centre of the complex may have been hardstanding or hut platforms for removed buildings. Two circular structures of approximately 5 metres diameter may have been water tanks.
By 1967 only three of the smaller structures were upstanding, although the bases of the larger structures and circular tanks were visible on aerial photographs taken until 1989. After this the site was redeveloped, and no remains of the military complex were visible on the most recent available aerial photographs taken in 2010.

Sources / Further Reading

  • Aerial Photograph: GetMapping. 1999. 069/99. GetMapping Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). Devon County Council GetMapping/068/99 0444-0445 11-JUL-1999.
  • Aerial Photograph: Next Perspectives. 2010. Aerial Photography for Great Britain. Aerial Photography for Great Britain Aerial Photographs. Digital. Next Perspectives PGA Imagery ST0507 22-MAY-2010.
  • Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1947. RAF/CPE/UK/1995 RP. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/CPE/UK/1995 RP 3135-3136 13-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: Ordnance Survey. 1967. OS/67039 V. Ordnance Survey. Photograph (Paper). OS/67039 V 081-082 18-APR-1967.
  • Aerial Photograph: Ordnance Survey. 1989. OS/89162. Ordnance Survey. Photograph (Paper). OS/89162 V 602-603 08-MAY-1989.

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:Jan 30 2015 2:58PM