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HER Number:MDV56268
Name:Exeter Airfield Dispersed Site 8

Summary

A Second World War military site (Dispersed Site 8) for accommodation for RAF Exeter is visible as a range of structures on aerial photographs of 1944 onwards, to the southwest of Southwood Cross. The Ordnance Survey 2015 MasterMap show two buildings of this former site are extant.

Location

Grid Reference:SY 020 932
Map Sheet:SY09SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishAylesbeare
Civil ParishRockbeare
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishAYLESBEARE
Ecclesiastical ParishROCKBEARE

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SY09SW/92/1

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

APH, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV124984.

Probable dispersed accommodation site of raf exeter. Group of at least 16 small curved roof huts. With associated buildings including 5 blast shelters. Recorded on raf 1947 ap (aph).


Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV124985.

Aph=raf/cpe/uk/1974/2463/(11/04/1947)/smr 37/52.


United States Airforce, 1944, US/7PH/GP/LOC252, US/7PH/GP/LOC252 RS 4020 20-MAR-1944 (Aerial Photograph). SDV358580.

Structures are visible.


Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/106G/UK/1412, RAF/106G/UK/1412 RS 4435-36 13-APR-1946 (Aerial Photograph). SDV352504.

A range of structures are visible. Map object based on this source.


Royal Air Force, 1946 - 1949, Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV342938.

Map object previously based on this Source.


Royal Air Force, 1947, RAF/CPE/UK/1974, RAF/CPE/UK/1974 FS 2462-63 11-APR-1947 (Aerial Photograph). SDV356127.

A range of structures are visible. Map object based on this source.


Ordnance Survey, 1966, OS/66185 V, OS/66185 V 380-81 22-JUL-1966 (Aerial Photograph). SDV357577.

The military site has been largely dismantled and cleared, although several buildings remain extant.


Exeter Archaeology, 1997, Untitled Source (Ground Photograph). SDV345187.

Two Universal Asbestos Co. Handcraft huts recorded prior to construction of new A30 dual carriageway


Francis, P., 1999, Exeter Airport. Historic Airport Survey for Devon County Council & East Devon District Council (Report - non-specific). SDV323390.


Francis, P., 1999, Exeter Airport. Historic Airport Survey for Devon County Council & East Devon District Council, 110 (Report - non-specific). SDV323390.

Dispersed Site 8. Other details: Map 12.


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

A Second World War military site (Dispersed Site 8) for accommodation for RAF Exeter is visible as a range of structures on aerial photographs of 1944 onwards, to the southwest of Southwood Cross. The former site occupies an area of approximately 1.08 hectares of fairly level land within two adjoining agricultural fields, on the southern side of an un-numbered road, from which the site was accessed. The site, which lies approximately 1.5km to the east of the main airfield site, is characterised by a number of nissen huts, as well as pitched-roof structures and a number of possible sewage tanks. The site is interconnected with a series of trackways. There are also a number of other such dispersed sites within the immediate vicinity, for example to the east (Dispersed Site 6) and north (Dispersed Site 5). By 1966, the site has been largely dismantled and cleared, although several buildings remain upstanding. The Ordnance Survey 2015 MasterMap show two buildings of this former site are extant.


Ordnance Survey, 2015, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV357601.

Two structures remain extant on the Ordnance Survey MasterMap.

Sources / Further Reading

  • Migrated Record: APH.
  • Aerial Photograph:
  • Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 - 1949. Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Digital).
  • Ground Photograph: Exeter Archaeology. 1997. Slide.
  • Report - non-specific: Francis, P.. 1999. Exeter Airport. Historic Airport Survey for Devon County Council & East Devon District Council. Airfield Research Publishing Report. Digital + A4. 110.
  • Aerial Photograph: United States Airforce. 1944. US/7PH/GP/LOC252. United States Airforce. Photograph (Paper). US/7PH/GP/LOC252 RS 4020 20-MAR-1944.
  • Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/106G/UK/1412. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/106G/UK/1412 RS 4435-36 13-APR-1946.
  • Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1947. RAF/CPE/UK/1974. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/CPE/UK/1974 FS 2462-63 11-APR-1947.
  • Aerial Photograph: Ordnance Survey. 1966. OS/66185 V. Ordnance Survey. Photograph (Paper). OS/66185 V 380-81 22-JUL-1966.
  • Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2015. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
  • Interpretation: Hegarty, C. + Knight, S. + Sims, R.. 2014-2015. East and Mid Devon River Catchments National Mapping Programme Project. AC Archaeology Report. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV78411Parent of: Barrack Huts, Exeter Airfield Dispersed Site 8 (Monument)
MDV48842Related to: Exeter Airfield (Military) (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4774 - Historic Airport Survey, Exeter Airport
  • 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:Aug 4 2015 9:31AM