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HER Number:MDV102717
Name:Scaffolded enclosure south-west of Crow Beach House

Summary

A scaffolded rectangular enclosure is visible on aerial photographs taken in 1945 and 1946, with a possible concrete base for vehicle or a temporary structure is visible in its south-east corner. The enclosure was probably associated with military activity relating to the U.S. Army training centre, but its exact function is not known. It appears to have been removed before 1953, but remains of the base may survive.

Location

Grid Reference:SS 468 328
Map Sheet:SS43SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBraunton
Civil ParishHeanton Punchardon
DistrictNorth Devon

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

  • RECTANGULAR ENCLOSURE (World War II - 1939 AD to 1945 AD)

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1945, RAF/106G/LA/102, NMR RAF/106G/LA/102 FPO/0042 SS4531/73 17-JAN-1945 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349749.

Fence posts are visible in this location.

Royal Air Force, 1945, RAF/106G/LA/221, NMR RAF/106G/LA/221 5033-5034 15-APR-1945 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349986.

A sub-rectangular structure is visible.

Royal Air Force, 1953, NMR RAF/540/1141 (F21), NMR RAF/540/1141 F21 0006-0007 06-JUN-1953 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349622.

The enclosure is not visible, but a possible platform is visible in the south-east corner.

Meridian Airmaps Limited, 1963, MAL/63603, NMR MAL/63603 115804-115805 11-JUN-1963 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349962.

The base is just visible, with partial vegetation cover.

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

A scaffolded rectangular enclosure, circa 90 by 22 metres, is visible on aerial photographs taken in 1945 and 1946. Two entrances are visible, one in the north and one in the south side, and a possible concrete base for vehicle or a temporary structure is visible in the south-east corner. The base appears to be overgrown but visible on aerial photographs until 1963, and some structural remains may survive within the car park. The structure is very likely to be associated with military activity relating to the U.S. Army training centre, although its exact function is not known, and taken down soon after the end of the war.

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
SDV349622Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1953. NMR RAF/540/1141 (F21). Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). NMR RAF/540/1141 F21 0006-0007 06-JUN-1953.
SDV349749Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1945. RAF/106G/LA/102. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). NMR RAF/106G/LA/102 FPO/0042 SS4531/73 17-JAN-1945.
SDV349962Aerial Photograph: Meridian Airmaps Limited. 1963. MAL/63603. Meridian Airmaps Limited Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). NMR MAL/63603 115804-115805 11-JUN-1963.
SDV349986Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1945. RAF/106G/LA/221. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). NMR RAF/106G/LA/221 5033-5034 15-APR-1945. [Mapped feature: #62216 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV102705Part of: Military training area between Broadsands and Crow Point, Braunton Burrows. (Monument)

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 8:12AM