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HER Number:MDV102700
Name:Second World War Military Camp, Braunton Burrows.

Summary

Evidence for 11 Nissen Huts or similar structures of Second World War date can be seen on aerial photographs of the 1940s to the 1980s, to the south and west of Saunton golf club cub house on Braunton Burrows. The structures probably housed the headquarters and service units of the U.S. Army’s Assault Training Centre on the Burrows.

Location

Grid Reference:SS 455 374
Map Sheet:SS43NE
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 and nineteenth century reclaimed field system on Braunton Marsh NW of Horsey Island

Other References/Statuses

  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • MILITARY CAMP (World War II - 1943 AD to 1945 AD)

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/106G/UK/1501, NMR RAF/106G/UK/1501 3004-3005 13-MAY-1946 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349927.

Ten areas of hard standing and one Nissen hut are visible as structures.

Royal Air Force, 1959, RAF 58/2773 F22, NMR RAF/58/2773 (F22) 0032-0033 29-APR-1959 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349838.

The areas of hard standing remain visible but are becoming overgrown and indistinct.

Ordnance Survey, 1989, OS/89115, NMR OS/89115 344-345 04-MAY-1989 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349086.

Only three areas of hard standing remain visible.

Next Perspectives, 2001, Next Perspectives PGA Tile Ref:, Next Perspectives PGA Tile Ref: SS4537 22-MAY-2001 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349376.

No structure bases are visible.

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

Evidence for 11 Nissen Huts or similar structures of Second World War date can be seen on aerial photographs of the 1940s to the 1980s, to the south and west of Saunton golf club cub house on Braunton Burrows. In May 1946 only one structure, that at circa SS45503746, is upstanding, the remaining 10 visible as areas of hard standing measuring approximately 4.5 by 10 metres in size. All structures were removed in the years following the end of the Second World War, but the bases remain visible into the 1950s, becoming increasingly indistinct towards the end of the decade. By May 1989 only the three westernmost footings can still be seen. By 2001 all have been removed by extensive landscaping on Saunton golf course. The structures probably housed the headquarters and service units of the U.S. Army’s Assault Training Centre, which can be seen extending southwards across the Burrows.

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
SDV349086Aerial Photograph: Ordnance Survey. 1989. OS/89115. Ordnance Survey Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). NMR OS/89115 344-345 04-MAY-1989.
SDV349376Aerial Photograph: Next Perspectives. 2001. Next Perspectives PGA Tile Ref:. Pan Government Agreement Aerial Photographs. Digital. Next Perspectives PGA Tile Ref: SS4537 22-MAY-2001.
SDV349838Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1959. RAF 58/2773 F22. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). NMR RAF/58/2773 (F22) 0032-0033 29-APR-1959.
SDV349927Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/106G/UK/1501. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). NMR RAF/106G/UK/1501 3004-3005 13-MAY-1946. [Mapped feature: #62188 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV57283Part of: Braunton Areas A, B, C and D of US Assault Training Centre (Monument)
MDV57302Related to: Saunton Golf Club House (Building)

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