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HER Number:MDV57281
Name:Bampton Road Camp, Tiverton

Summary

The site of a former German working camp is visible as a series of structures on aerial photographs of 1946 onwards, off Bolham Road, Tiverton. By 1966 the former camp had been completely cleared and the site is now occupied by Petroc College and Tiverton High School.

Location

Grid Reference:SS 951 134
Map Sheet:SS91SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishTiverton
DistrictMid Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishTIVERTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 1473948
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS91SE/367

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • (Alternate Type) MILITARY SITE (World War II - 1939 AD to 1945 AD (Between))
  • (Alternate Type) PRISONER OF WAR CAMP (World War II - 1939 AD to 1945 AD (Between))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 11/04/1947, RAF/CPE/UK/1974, 1227 (21/68) (Aerial Photograph). SDV349479.


Royal Air Force, 11/07/1946, RAF/3G/TUD/UK/221, 5401 (21/68) (Aerial Photograph). SDV349478.


Horner, W., 14/01/1997, Untitled Source (Personal Comment). SDV349475.

Military camp recorded on Royal Air Force aerial photographs of 1946 and 1947. At least 50 close set huts in rows. Also a race track enclosing sports field on south side. By 1971 Ordnance Survey map this area is occupied by the Technical College and School. This could be the camp of the United States 4th Infantry Division's signals and cavalry reconnaissance troops. According to Wasley, the division arrived in Devon in January 1944 and had its headquarters at Collipriest on the south side of Tiverton. Wasley also refers to a United States Naval Depot at Tiverton.


Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/3G/TUD/UK/221 V, RAF/3G/TUD/UK/221 V 5401-02 11-JUL-1946 (Aerial Photograph). SDV357046.

The camp is visible as a range of structures. Map object based on this source.


Royal Air Force, 1947, RAF/CPE/UK/1995 RP, RAF/CPE/UK/1995 RP 3040-41 13-APR-1947 (Aerial Photograph). SDV356899.

The camp is visible as a range of structures.


Ordnance Survey, 1966, OS/66184 V, OS/66184 V 102-03 22-JUL-1966 (Aerial Photograph). SDV357044.

The site of the former camp has been completely cleared and occupied by was it now Tiverton High School.


Wasley, G., 1994, Devon at War 1939-1945, 124, 145 (Monograph). SDV165766.


Higbee, L. + Collings, A. G., 2000, Archaeological Recording at Tiverton High School and East Devon College Campuses, Tiverton (Report - Assessment). SDV323421.


Thomas, R. J. C., 2003, Prisoner of War Camps (1939-1948), 27 (Report - non-specific). SDV347543.

Bampton Road Camp. Camp No. 92. German working camp. Standard type camp. Buildings removed. Site now occupied by a school.


Bampton Town Council, 2014, Bampton in Devon (Website). SDV356201.

There was a POW camp in Tiverton, near where East Devon College [now known as Petroc] stands, whence inmates were ferried daily to work on local farms.


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

A former military camp of Second World War data is visible as a range of structures on aerial photographs of 1946 and 1947, off Bolham Road, Tiverton. The camp occupies an area of approximately 9.88 hectares of level ground bounded by the River Exe to the west and Bolham Road to the east, from which the camp was accessed. It comprises a cluster of nissen huts within the main body of the camp, with running track and sports field to the southwest, all of which are enclosed by probable fencing. A range of additional huts, possibly for administration and accommodation for guards is visible outside of the main compound, on the northeast side of the camp and adjacent to the main entrance. Possible fenced compounds are also visible to the southwest of the site. The extent of the camp is largely confined within historic field boundaries to the south and west, but with additional fencing defining the northern extent of the camp. The camp remains largely unaltered on aerial photographs of 1947, although by 1966 the former camp has been completely cleared and site occupied by a school and what is now Tiverton High School. Below ground evidence of this former camp, for example, hut bases may, however still survive in areas unaffected by development.

Sources / Further Reading

  • Monograph: Wasley, G.. 1994. Devon at War 1939-1945. Devon at War. Hardback Volume. 124, 145.
  • Report - Assessment: Higbee, L. + Collings, A. G.. 2000. Archaeological Recording at Tiverton High School and East Devon College Campuses, Tiverton. Exeter Archaeology Report. 00.57. A4 Stapled + Digital.
  • Report - non-specific: Thomas, R. J. C.. 2003. Prisoner of War Camps (1939-1948). English Heritage. Digital + A4. 27.
  • Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 11/07/1946. RAF/3G/TUD/UK/221. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 5401 (21/68).
  • Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 11/04/1947. RAF/CPE/UK/1974. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 1227 (21/68).
  • Personal Comment: Horner, W.. 14/01/1997.
  • Website: Bampton Town Council. 2014. Bampton in Devon. http://www.bampton.org.uk/history-war-memorial.html#wartime. Website.
  • Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/3G/TUD/UK/221 V. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/3G/TUD/UK/221 V 5401-02 11-JUL-1946.
  • Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1947. RAF/CPE/UK/1995 RP. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/CPE/UK/1995 RP 3040-41 13-APR-1947.
  • Aerial Photograph: Ordnance Survey. 1966. OS/66184 V. Ordnance Survey. Photograph (Paper). OS/66184 V 102-03 22-JUL-1966.
  • 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

MDV12368Related to: Collipriest House (Building)

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 29 2016 3:31PM