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HER Number:MDV102702
Name:A network of walls near Shingle Slack and along the shoreline, Braunton Burrows

Summary

Probable walls are visible as a network of structures on aerial photographs in 1959 to the south of Shingle Slack, and a linear shoreline structure to the south-east. The network of walls may have eroded out of the sand in the 1950s, although it is possible that a WWII military building was deliberately built into pre-existing walls. They are interpreted as modern, pre twentieth century structures associated with the lighthouse and stabilisation of the shoreline. They have since been lost to coastal erosion, although fragments may now be present on the foreshore.

Location

Grid Reference:SS 455 326
Map Sheet:SS43SE
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

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS43SE/228
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • REVETMENT? (XVIII to XXI - 1751 AD to 2009 AD (Between))
  • WALL (XVIII to XXI - 1751 AD to 2009 AD (Between))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1945, RAF/106G/LA/102, NMR RAF/106G/LA/102 5014-5015 17-JAN-1945 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349060.

No walls are visible south of Shingle Slack, although the area is in shadow. The wall along the edge of the shoreline is visible as a structure.


Royal Air Force, 1959, RAF/80/788, NMR RAF/80/788 0036-0037 13-MAR-1959 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349053.

A network of walled structures is visible south of Shingle Slack and along the shoreline.


Nature Conservancy Council, 1989, Braunton Burrows Habitat Map (Cartographic). SDV339613.

The area is named 'Old Walls'.


Ordnance Survey, 1989, OS/89115, NMR OS/89115 240-241 04-MAY-1989 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349086.

Coastal erosion has resulted in this area of dunes slipping onto the foreshore. The structures are not visible.


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

Possible walls are visible as a network of structures on aerial photographs in 1959 to south of Shingle Slack, and a linear structure of almost 400 metres in length along the line of the shore to the south-east. The shore here is named on a 1989 map as ‘Old Walls’, and the structures may be associated with the groynes, which are of roughly the same elevation and which the longer linear feature adjoins in several places. This would date them as pre-twentieth century, but still probably modern in date. Whilst some of the shoreline structure is visible on earlier aerial photographs taken in the 1940s, the network of walls may have eroded out of the sand in the 1950s. These may have been associated with the lighthouse, possibly a sequence of revetting or stabilisation if not enclosures, and appear to have been the same build and therefore contemporary with the shoreline structure. It is possible that the Second World War military building MDV41709 was deliberately built into pre-existing walls. The structures are not visible on aerial photographs taken in 1989 due to coastal erosion affecting this area, although fragments may now be present on the foreshore.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV339613Cartographic: Nature Conservancy Council. 1989. Braunton Burrows Habitat Map. Photocopy + Digital.
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
SDV349053Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1959. RAF/80/788. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). NMR RAF/80/788 0036-0037 13-MAR-1959. [Mapped feature: #62190 ]
SDV349060Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1945. RAF/106G/LA/102. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). NMR RAF/106G/LA/102 5014-5015 17-JAN-1945.
SDV349086Aerial Photograph: Ordnance Survey. 1989. OS/89115. Ordnance Survey Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). NMR OS/89115 240-241 04-MAY-1989.

Associated Monuments

MDV41708Related to: Ruins near Shingle Slack, Braunton Burrows (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

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

Date Last Edited:Jul 7 2017 12:32PM