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HER Number:MDV103038
Name:Concrete structure at Downend House


A circular structure, visible on aerial photographs from 1958 and incorporated into a garden wall, appears to be made of concrete. It is possible that it had a military function in the Second World War.


Grid Reference:SS 433 385
Map Sheet:SS43NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishGeorgeham
Ecclesiastical ParishGEORGEHAM

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • STRUCTURE (XVIII to Mid 20th Century - 1751 AD to 1958 AD (Between))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1958, RAF 58/2555, NMR RAF/58/2555 PSFO-P1-0415-6 SS4338/9-10 01-SEP-1958 (Aerial Photograph). SDV350309.

An unroofed circular structure is visible.

Royal Air Force, 1964, RAF 543/2821 F64, NMR RAF/543/2821 F64 0224-0225 27-APR-1964 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349946.

A circuar structure is visible.

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

A circular structure is visible on aerial photographs from 1958, and appears, from examination of the interactive ground photography on Google Streetview, to be made of concrete. It is less than 2 metres in diameter and is incorporated into the drystone wall around Downend House gardens. This area is indistinct on available 1940s aerial photographs, so it is difficult to determine whether this structure had a Second World War function, although it is possible that it could have been used as a roadblock for instance.

Google, 2012, Google Streetview (Website). SDV348799.

A circular structure, probably made of concrete and incorporated into a dry stone wall, is visible.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV348799Website: Google. 2012. Google Streetview. http://maps.google.co.uk. Website.
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
SDV349946Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1964. RAF 543/2821 F64. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). NMR RAF/543/2821 F64 0224-0225 27-APR-1964. [Mapped feature: #62539 ]
SDV350309Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1958. RAF 58/2555. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). NMR RAF/58/2555 PSFO-P1-0415-6 SS4338/9-10 01-SEP-1958.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6132 - North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty NMP Project (Ref: ACD383/2/1)

Date Last Edited:Oct 1 2020 5:52PM