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HER Number:MDV102432
Name:Transmitter block at Northam Radar Station

Summary

An earthwork protected transmitter block structure at RAF Northam is visible on aerial photographs of 1945 to 2007. The transmitter block was probaly associated with radar or wireless communications.

Location

Grid Reference:SS 448 297
Map Sheet:SS42NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishNortham
DistrictTorridge
Ecclesiastical ParishNORTHAM

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BUNKER (World War II - 1941 AD to 1944 AD (Between))
  • CHAIN HOME STATION (World War II - 1941 AD to 1944 AD)
  • TRANSMITTER SITE (World War II - 1941 AD to 1944 AD)

Full description

Historic England, 12/08/2015, Northam Chain Home Radar Station, North of Appledore Road and Long's Lane, Northam, Bideford, Torridge, Devon (Correspondence). SDV358979.


Royal Air Force, 1945, RAF/106G/UK/891, NMR RAF/106G/UK/891 4044 8-OCT-1941 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349055.

An oval earthwork mound and encircling trackway is visible.


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

Oval structure with encircling track visible.


Bluesky, 2006 - 2007, Bluesky aerial photographs 2006 - 2007 (Aerial Photograph). SDV341189.

Grass covered mound visible, with possible entrance in western side.


Next Perspectives, 2007, Next Perspectives PGA Tile Ref:, Next Perspectives PGA Tile Ref: SS4429 04-MAY-2007 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349344.

The earthwork mound remains visible.


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

An earthwork protected transmitter block structure at RAF Northam is visible on aerial photographs of 1945 to 2007. On aerial photographs of the 1940s the block is covered with a protective earthwork nound and surrounded by an encircling trackway, which is extends to the south-east where it meets a lane, now largely superseded ny modern development. An entrance into the transmitter block can be seen on its western side, with a possible further entrance to the north. A ventilation chimney can also be seen on top of the mound. The exact function of the transmitter block is uncertain; it might have been associated with the broader radar function of the base, or perhaps more probably with wireless communications, telegraphy or telephony, and a mast previously located immediately to the north-east.


English Heritage, 2015, Northam Radar Station: receiver blocks, transmitter blocks, substation, receiver tower bases and Advance or Intermediate Chain Home structures , North of Appledore Road and Long's Lane, Northam, Bideford, Devon (Correspondence). SDV358032.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV341189Aerial Photograph: Bluesky. 2006 - 2007. Bluesky aerial photographs 2006 - 2007. Bluesky. Photograph (Digital).
SDV342938Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 - 1949. Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Digital). [Mapped feature: #61884 ]
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
SDV349055Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1945. RAF/106G/UK/891. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). NMR RAF/106G/UK/891 4044 8-OCT-1941.
SDV349344Aerial Photograph: Next Perspectives. 2007. Next Perspectives PGA Tile Ref:. Pan Government Agreement Aerial Photographs. Digital. Next Perspectives PGA Tile Ref: SS4429 04-MAY-2007.
SDV358032Correspondence: English Heritage. 2015. Northam Radar Station: receiver blocks, transmitter blocks, substation, receiver tower bases and Advance or Intermediate Chain Home structures , North of Appledore Road and Long's Lane, Northam, Bideford, Devon. Letter and Consultation Report. Digital.
SDV358979Correspondence: Historic England. 12/08/2015. Northam Chain Home Radar Station, North of Appledore Road and Long's Lane, Northam, Bideford, Torridge, Devon. Notification of Designation Decision. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV55665Part of: RAF Northam Radar Station (Monument)
MDV102456Related to: Transmitter Mast and tethering blocks, RAF Northam Radar Station (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6132 - North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty NMP Project

Date Last Edited:Aug 18 2015 11:38AM