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HER Number:MDV102729
Name:Two scaffold structures on Broadsands

Summary

Two scaffold structures are visible on aerial photographs in the 1940s. They are sited next to a channel and likely to have been used during military training, perhaps for U.S. troops to practice descent into landing craft during the latter part of the Second World War. Some remains may survive buried in the sand.

Location

Grid Reference:SS 468 326
Map Sheet:SS43SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBraunton
DistrictNorth Devon
DistrictTorridge
Ecclesiastical ParishBRAUNTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 832369

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • TRAINING STRUCTURE (World War II - 1939 AD to 1945 AD (Between))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1944, RAF/106G/LA/88, NMR RAF/106G/LA/88 FPO/0071 SS4531/21 31-DEC-1944 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349744.

Two rectangular scaffolded structures are visible


Royal Air Force, 1945, RAF/106G/LA/102, NMR RAF/106G/LA/221 5029-5030 15-APR-1945 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349749.

Two rectangular scaffolded structures are visible.


Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/106G/UK/1655, NMR RAF/106G/1655 4197-4198 11-JUL-1946 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349996.

Two rectangular scaffolded structures are visible


Bass, R. T., 2005, Spirits of the Sand: Field Edition, 79; 31 (Monograph). SDV325697.

A photograph of 'ATC Ship sides' shows a scaffold tower with troops descending down cargo netting to practise disembarkation from transport ships into landing craft. An additional photograph on page 31 shows troops next to a scaffold structure with a landform similar to Appledore in the distance.


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

Two scaffold structures, circa 8 by 3 metres and 24 by 2 metres in plan, roughly 5.5 metres square, are visible on aerial photographs between 1944 and 1946. They are close and parallel to the channel and rather than being a remnant of beach scaffolding used in coastal defence, they are more likely to have been used during military training, perhaps mock ‘ship’s sides’ for U.S. troops to practice descent into landing craft during the latter part of the Second World War. A photograph of troops next to a scaffold published by Bass could be this same structure. They are not visible on later available aerial photographs, although some remains may survive buried or embedded in the sand; a seabed obstruction has been reported by fishermen in the vicinity.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV325697Monograph: Bass, R. T.. 2005. Spirits of the Sand: Field Edition. Spirits of the Sand. A5 Paperback. 79; 31.
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 FPO/0071 SS4531/21 31-DEC-1944.
SDV349749Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1945. RAF/106G/LA/102. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). NMR RAF/106G/LA/221 5029-5030 15-APR-1945. [Mapped feature: #62224 ]
SDV349996Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/106G/UK/1655. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). NMR RAF/106G/1655 4197-4198 11-JUL-1946.

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

Date Last Edited:Sep 4 2012 11:31AM