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HER Number:MDV102704
Name:Second World War craters on Braunton Burrows.


Pits or craters of probable Second World War date are visible as earthworks on Braunton Burrows on aerial photographs of the 1940s and 1950s. They cannot be seen on aerial photographs of 2007 and have probably been infilled and levelled.


Grid Reference:SS 453 354
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

Other References/Statuses

  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BOMB CRATER (World War II - 1943 AD to 1945 AD)

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1945, RAF/106G/UK/957, NMR RAF/106G/UK/957 4022-3 30-OCT-1945 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349054.

A triangular cluster of craters is visible.

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

The eastern cluster of craters is not visible. The western group is now visible.

Royal Air Force, 1953, RAF/58/1133 (F21), NMR RAF/58/1133 (F21) 0033-0034 28-MAY-1953 (Aerial Photograph). SDV350046.

The western cluster of craters remain visible.

Next Perspectives, 2007, Next Perspectives PGA Tile Ref:, Next Perspectives PGA Tile Ref: SS4535 04-MAY-2007 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349344.

The craters cannot be seen.

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

A triangular arrangement of pits or craters is visible on aerial photographs of October 1945, as earthworks centred on circa SS45423549. These earthworks are not visible on aerial photographs of May 1946, but four craters in a rough ‘T’ formation can be seen circa 65 metres to the south-west. This second group of earthworks remain visible on aerial photographs of May 1953 but have probably been in-filled and levelled by May 2007, at which time they cannot be seen.
It is unclear whether the earthworks are a component or by-product of the U.S. Army Assault Training Centre on Braunton Burrows, but it is probable they are of Second World War date and military origin.

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
SDV349054Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1945. RAF/106G/UK/957. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). NMR RAF/106G/UK/957 4022-3 30-OCT-1945.
SDV349344Aerial Photograph: Next Perspectives. 2007. Next Perspectives PGA Tile Ref:. Pan Government Agreement Aerial Photographs. Digital. Next Perspectives PGA Tile Ref: SS4535 04-MAY-2007.
SDV349927Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/106G/UK/1501. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). NMR RAF/106G/UK/1501 3004 13-MAY-1946.
SDV350046Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1953. RAF/58/1133 (F21). Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). NMR RAF/58/1133 (F21) 0033-0034 28-MAY-1953.

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:Aug 15 2017 5:03PM