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HER Number:MDV102602
Name:Building platform on the embankment of West Yelland Marsh

Summary

A pale rectangular feature is visible on aerial photographs from 1946 to the 1950s. It is tentatively interpreted as a building platform for a Second World War military structure associated with the United States training area or the coastal battery to the south. No trace of the structure is visible on aerial photographs taken in 1963 but it is possible that some buried remains may survive if they have not been lost to coastal erosion.

Location

Grid Reference:SS 474 320
Map Sheet:SS43SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishInstow
DistrictNorth Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishINSTOW

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS43SE/224/2

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BUILDING PLATFORM (World War II - 1939 AD (Between) to 1945 AD (Between))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/106G/UK/1420, NMR RAF/106G/UK/1420 3404-3405 15-APR-1946 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349553.

A pale rectangular feature is visible as a probable structure.

Meridian Airmaps Limited, 1963, MAL/63603, NMR MAL/63603 115803-115804 11-JUN-1963 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349962.

The structure is not visible.

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

A pale rectangular feature circa 5 metres by 12 metres is visible on aerial photographs from 1946 to the 1950s. It appears to be a low structure, possibly either hardstanding, or perhaps more likely a concrete slab. It is likely to have been a building platform, possibly for a Second World War military structure associated with the United States training area or the coastal battery to the south. No trace of the structure is visible on aerial photographs taken in 1963, indicating that it had been removed, or perhaps become covered with vegetation by this date. It is possible that some buried remains may survive, or have been suject to coastal erosion.

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
SDV349553Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/106G/UK/1420. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). NMR RAF/106G/UK/1420 3404-3405 15-APR-1946. [Mapped feature: #62065 ]
SDV349962Aerial Photograph: Meridian Airmaps Limited. 1963. MAL/63603. Meridian Airmaps Limited Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). NMR MAL/63603 115803-115804 11-JUN-1963.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

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

Date Last Edited:Mar 2 2022 8:11AM