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HER Number:MDV102981
Name:Possible mock-up pillbox on Braunton Burrows

Summary

A three sided structure is visible on aerial photographs between 1946 and 1960 and is probably a mock-up pillbox used for military training by the U.S. Army during the Second World War. The structure is last visible on aerial photographs taken in 1960 as a collapsed ruin, and coastal erosion has probably dispersed most of the remains.

Location

Grid Reference:SS 446 372
Map Sheet:SS43NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBraunton
DistrictNorth Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishUNKNOWN

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

  • MILITARY TRAINING SITE (World War II - 1939 AD to 1945 AD (Between))
  • PILLBOX (ASSAULT TRAINING) (World War II - 1939 AD to 1945 AD (Between))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/106G/UK/1501, NMR RAF/106G/UK/1501 3003-3004 13-MAY-1946 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349927.

A three sided structure is visible.


Royal Air Force, 1960, RAF/543/1017, NMR RAF/543/1017 PSFO-0102-3 SS4437/5-6 10-AUG-1960 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349659.

A collapsed structure is visible.


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

A three sided structure circa 5 metres wide is visible on aerial photographs between 1946 and 1960. The structure is sited on the very western edge of the dunes, and appears to have north, east and west faces and to be facing obliquely out to sea. It is probably a mock-up pillbox used for military training by the U.S. Army during the Second World War. The structure is last visible on aerial photographs taken in 1960 as a collapsed ruinous structure, and was probably demolished or destroyed by erosion. Some scattered remains may survive.

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
SDV349659Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1960. RAF/543/1017. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). NMR RAF/543/1017 PSFO-0102-3 SS4437/5-6 10-AUG-1960.
SDV349927Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/106G/UK/1501. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). NMR RAF/106G/UK/1501 3003-3004 13-MAY-1946. [Mapped feature: #62482 ]

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:Jul 7 2017 12:33PM