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HER Number:MDV102511
Name:Possible sections of the America Road, Braunton Burrows

Summary

Two sections of former trackway of probable Second World War date and military function are visible as earthworks on aerial photographs of 1945, crossing Braunton Burrows. They are probably sections of the U.S. Army’s Assault Training Centre infrastructure known as the American Road.

Location

Grid Reference:SS 449 350
Map Sheet:SS43NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBraunton
DistrictNorth Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBRAUNTON

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthworks and structural remains of World War II military training features for D-Day Landings on Braunton Burrows

Other References/Statuses

  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • ROAD (World War II - 1943 AD to 1945 AD)

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1945, RAF/106G/LA/102, RAF/106G/LA/102 5018-5019 17-JAN-1945 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349060.

An earthwork trackway or road is visible.


Next Perspectives, 2007, Next Perspectives PGA Tile Ref:, Next Perspectives PGA Tile Ref: SS4434 04-MAY-2007 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349344.

The trackways partly coincide with extant routes..


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

Three sections of trackway of probable Second World War date and military function are visible as earthworks on aerial photographs of 1945, crossing Braunton Burrows. They are probably sections of infrastructure within the U.S. Army’s Second World War Assault Training Centre on the Burrows, possibly parts of the route known as the American Road. The tracks were probably the main route of military traffic across this section of the Burrows. However, they appear to correspond only in part with trackways visible on recent aerial photographs and perhaps were probably superseded following the war as the need to avoid certain areas of military training activity passed. Other sections of Second World War trackway have been recorded to the west, south and north, some of which have remained partly in use.

Sources / Further Reading

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
SDV349060Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1945. RAF/106G/LA/102. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/106G/LA/102 5018-5019 17-JAN-1945.
SDV349344Aerial Photograph: Next Perspectives. 2007. Next Perspectives PGA Tile Ref:. Pan Government Agreement Aerial Photographs. Digital. Next Perspectives PGA Tile Ref: SS4434 04-MAY-2007.

Associated Monuments

MDV57283Part of: Braunton Areas A, B, C and D of US Assault Training Centre (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

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

Date Last Edited:Jul 7 2017 12:30PM