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HER Number:MDV102234
Name:VHF Fixer station buildings and structures at Baxworthy Cross.

Summary

Several buildings and structures relating to the VHF/UHF Fixer station associated with Hartland Point ROTOR site are visible on aerial photographs from 1954. The buildings are thought to have been established by 1951 and parts of the receiver block are still extant, although the transmitter block has been demolished. The complex is associated with two Fixer buildings to the west.

Location

Grid Reference:SS 287 225
Map Sheet:SS22SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishHartland
DistrictTorridge
Ecclesiastical ParishHARTLAND

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 1489253

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • VHF FIXER STATION (Mid 20th Century - 1951 AD to 1958 AD (Between))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1954, RAF/SOP/122, NMR RAF/SOP/122 PSFO-0007 SS2922/1 3-MAR-1954 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349350.

Two buildings and a mast are visible within a fenced complex at SS2894422238, and another building and mast in a fenced area at SS2860522771. A line of posts between the two sites is also visible.

Ordnance Survey, 1977, OS/77023, NMR OS/78038 221-222 10-MAY-1978 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349036.

Two buildings are visible within a fenced complex at SS2894422238, and two buildings and a mast in rectangular enclosed area at SS2860522771. The line of posts between the two sites is also discernable.

Next Perspectives, 2007, Next Perspectives PGA Tile Ref:, Next Perspectives PGA Tile Ref: SS2724 22-AUG-2007 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349178.

Two buildings are visible at SS2860522771, but at SS2894422238 there is only a pale irregular cropmark, which may have formed over building foundations or rubble.

Hegarty, C. + Knight, S., 2011-2012, North Devon Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty National Mapping Programme Project (Interpretation). SDV349018.

Several buildings and structures relating to the VHF/UHF Fixer station associated with Hartland Point ROTOR site are visible on aerial photographs from 1954. Pastscape indicates that the station was constructed by 1951. Roger Thomas, military expert at English Heritage, asserts that the two buildings and a mast visible within a fenced complex at SS2860522771 are the transmitter block and generator, and another building and mast 650 metres to the south-east at SS2899222240 is the receiver block. An additional building is visible at the transmitter site in aerial photographs dating to 1978, and these buildings, although not the mast, were seen to be extant on a site visit in 2012. The receiver buildings are not visible on aerial photographs from 1999, although a pale cropmark visible on photographs dating to 2007 indicate that some building rubble or foundation material remains. The line of posts between the two sites is visible from 1954 and was confirmed as extant on the site visit. The complex is associated with two Fixer buildings to the west.

Hartland Forum: Archives Project, 2012, Hartland Forum, T52 &T53 (Website). SDV349378.

A photograph and further information on the historic context of the site is available at the unverified website: http://www.hartlandforum.co.uk/archivesproject/T53.htm

English Heritage, 2012, National Heritage List for England, 1489834 (National Heritage List for England). SDV348729.

Additional background information is available at http://www.pastscape.org.uk/hob.aspx?hob_id=1489834. This states that the station was built by 1951, and that two possible Fixer buildings at SS28142252 and SS281226 are visible on 1978 aerial photographs, although they are larger than the usual Fixer buildings.

Subterranea Britannica: Research Study Group, 2012, Subterranea Britannica (Website). SDV349127.

Further information on the historic use and photographs of the site are available at the unverified website http://www.subbrit.org.uk/rsg/sites/h/hartland_point/index1.html
The website states that two buildings are a small VHF/UHF multi-channel radio transmitter block at SS28992220 and receiver block at SS28622276, to provide communication between RAF Hartland Point and the intercepting aircraft. It also records that the transmitter buildings are extant apart from the tower, with some fixtures and fittings, although the receiver block has been demolished.

Hegarty, C. & Knight, S., 2012-2013, North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty National Mapping Programme Project site visit, 18-APR-2012 (Site Visit). SDV349357.

A site visit in April 2012 verified that two buildings at SS2860522771 are extant, although unmaintained, but those at SS2894422238 have been demolished. Masts are still visible in the field in between the two sites.

Roger Thomas, Architectural Investigator, English Heritage, 2012-2013, Telephone and email correspondence, 05-MAR-2012 (Personal Comment). SDV349402.

Transmitter building, generator block and mast for VHF or UHF wireless telegraphy or telephony, for Hartland Point radar station, is the complex of buildings sited at SS2860522771 and the receiver block is at SS2894422238.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV348729National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2012. National Heritage List for England. Website. 1489834.
SDV349018Interpretation: Hegarty, C. + Knight, S.. 2011-2012. North Devon Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty National Mapping Programme Project. AC Archaeology Report. ACD383/2/1. Digital.
Linked documents:1
SDV349036Aerial Photograph: Ordnance Survey. 1977. OS/77023. Ordnance Survey. Photograph (Paper). NMR OS/78038 221-222 10-MAY-1978. [Mapped feature: #61682 ]
SDV349127Website: Subterranea Britannica: Research Study Group. 2012. Subterranea Britannica. www.subbrit.org.uk/. Website.
SDV349178Aerial Photograph: Next Perspectives. 2007. Next Perspectives PGA Tile Ref:. Pan Government Agreement Aerial Photographs. Digital. Next Perspectives PGA Tile Ref: SS2724 22-AUG-2007.
SDV349350Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1954. RAF/SOP/122. NMR RAF/SOP/122 PSFO-0007 SS2922/1 3-MAR-1954.
SDV349357Site Visit: Hegarty, C. & Knight, S.. 2012-2013. North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty National Mapping Programme Project site visit. ND AONB NMP. Digital. 18-APR-2012.
SDV349378Website: Hartland Forum: Archives Project. 2012. Hartland Forum. http://www.hartlandforum.co.uk/archivesproject/. T52 &T53.
SDV349402Personal Comment: Roger Thomas, Architectural Investigator, English Heritage. 2012-2013. Telephone and email correspondence. 05-MAR-2012.

Associated Monuments

MDV118745Parent of: Transmitter Building and Generator Block (Building)
MDV102278Related to: Building of possible military function east of Baxworthy Cross (Monument)
MDV81175Related to: Hartland Point Radar Station (Monument)
MDV102250Related to: Rotor fixer site or radar station admin block south-east of Baxworthy Cross (Monument)
MDV102276Related to: Rotor fixer site south-east of Baxworthy Cross (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6132 - North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty NMP Project (Ref: ACD383/2/1)

Date Last Edited:Sep 28 2020 9:48AM