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HER Number:MDV102727
Name:Possible anti-tank obstacles at Broadsands

Summary

Probable concrete anti-tank obstacles are visible as structures on aerial photographs in the 1940s, and form part of the Second World War U.S. military training site. Examination of aerial photograhs from 2010 suggests that there is a row of features here, so there is a slim possibility that the cubes are extant although relocated.

Location

Grid Reference:SS 468 327
Map Sheet:SS43SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBraunton
DistrictNorth Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBRAUNTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • ANTI TANK OBSTACLE (World War II - 1939 AD to 1945 AD)

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1944, RAF/106G/LA/88, NMR RAF/106G/LA/88 FSO/0072 SS4632/70 31-DEC-1944 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349744.

Four cube-shaped structures are visible amongst concrete debris.

Royal Air Force, 1945, RAF/106G/LA/221, NMR RAF/106G/LA/221 5031-5032 15-APR-1945NMR RAF/106G/LA/221 5029-5030 15-APR-1945 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349986.

Several small structures are visible.

Next Perspectives, 2010, Next Perspectives PGA Tile Ref:, Next Perspectives PGA Tile Ref: SS4632 08-APR-2010 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349899.

A row of pale features is visible.

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

Four cube-shaped structures are visible amongst concrete debris on aerial photographs dating to 1944, and probably also 1945. They are likely to be the remains of structures used for military training in the Second World War, possibly including anti-tank cubes. They are not visible on later aerial photographs, and are likely to have been removed or covered by sand. A row of pale features visible on aerial photographs taken in 2010 could possibly be concrete structures and debris eroding out of the sand, although they would have had to have been relocated and this would need to be verified on the ground.

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
SDV349744Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1944. RAF/106G/LA/88. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). NMR RAF/106G/LA/88 FSO/0072 SS4632/70 31-DEC-1944.
SDV349899Aerial Photograph: Next Perspectives. 2010. Next Perspectives PGA Tile Ref:. Pan Government Agreement Aerial Photographs. Digital. Next Perspectives PGA Tile Ref: SS4632 08-APR-2010.
SDV349986Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1945. RAF/106G/LA/221. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). NMR RAF/106G/LA/221 5031-5032 15-APR-1945NMR RAF/106G/LA/221 5029-5030 15-APR-1945. [Mapped feature: #62222 ]

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