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HER Number:MDV103067
Name:Wall used in military training at Broadsands

Summary

A wall at the top of Broadsands is visible on aerial photographs from 1946 and mapped as extant by the Ordnance Survey in 2012. It is likely to be a Second World War military structure and part of the U.S. Army Assault Training Centre. Remains including explosion damage are very likely to survive.

Location

Grid Reference:SS 468 327
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)

Full description

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

An indistinct linear feature is visible.

Cambridge University Collection of Aerial Photography, 1977, CUCAP RC8-CF, CUCAP RC8CF21-22 15-JUL-1977 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349908.

A three sided wall is clearly visible.

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

A concrete wall with explosion damage is sited at the top of the beach.

Next Perspectives, 2010, Next Perspectives PGA Tile Ref:, Next Perspectives PGA Tile Ref: SS4633 08-APR-2010 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349899.

A three sided structure is visible.

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

A linear wall parallel to the shoreline is visible at the top of the beach on aerial photographs from 1946 and marked on Ordnance Survey mapping in 2012. Its is approximately 1 metre wide and 45 metres in length with two short returns of 7 metres at the north-east and south-west ends, and is likely to be the same as that recorded by Bass (2005) as having explosion damage. It s likely therefore to be a military structure and part of the Second World War U.S. Army Training Assault Centre. It is only indistinctly visible on aerial photographs dating from 1946, and may have been partially covered by sand. It is clearly visible in 1977 and likely therefore to have been exposed as the sand eroded. Substantial structural remains are likely to survive.

Ordnance Survey, 2012, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV348725.

A three sided structure is depicted.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV325697Monograph: Bass, R. T.. 2005. Spirits of the Sand: Field Edition. Spirits of the Sand. A5 Paperback. 31.
SDV348725Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2012. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital).
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
SDV349899Aerial Photograph: Next Perspectives. 2010. Next Perspectives PGA Tile Ref:. Pan Government Agreement Aerial Photographs. Digital. Next Perspectives PGA Tile Ref: SS4633 08-APR-2010. [Mapped feature: #62567 ]
SDV349908Aerial Photograph: Cambridge University Collection of Aerial Photography. 1977. CUCAP RC8-CF. Cambridge University Collection of Aerial Photography. Photograph (Paper). CUCAP RC8CF21-22 15-JUL-1977.
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 (Ref: ACD383/2/1)

Date Last Edited:Mar 2 2022 8:13AM