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HER Number:MDV103954
Name:Second World War Slit Trenches and Gun Pits at Renney Battery

Summary

A number of slit trenches and gun pits of probable Second World War date are visible on aerial photographs of the 1940s onwards as earthwork ditches overlooking the sea cliff to the south-west of Renney Battery.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 493 488
Map Sheet:SX44NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishWembury
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishWEMBURY

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • SLIT TRENCH (World War II - 1939 AD to 1945 AD (Between))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1945, RAF/106G/UK/871, RAF/106G/UK/871 6117-6118 30-SEP-1945 (Aerial Photograph). SDV351258.

Ten or more earthwork ditches are visible.

Ordnance Survey, 1969, OS/69292, OS/69292 V 023-024 28-JUN-1969 (Aerial Photograph). SDV351291.

The ditches remain visible as slight earthworks.

Hegarty, C. + Knight, S. + Sims, R., 2013-2014, South Devon Coast Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey National Mapping Programme Project (Interpretation). SDV351146.

Approximately ten or eleven slit trenches and gun pits of probable Second World War date are visible on aerial photographs of the 1940s onwards as earthwork ditches overlooking the sea cliff to the south-west of Renney Battery, with which they are probably associated. The earthworks vary from linear ditches between eleven to twenty metres long and under two metres wide in length to oval or triangular pits five to seven metres long and up to five metres wide. The pits remain visible as slight earthworks on aerial photographs of 1969 but have not been identified on later available aerial photographs, and might have been levelled or obscured by vegetation.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV351146Interpretation: Hegarty, C. + Knight, S. + Sims, R.. 2013-2014. South Devon Coast Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey National Mapping Programme Project. AC Archaeology Report. Digital.
Linked documents:1
SDV351258Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1945. RAF/106G/UK/871. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/106G/UK/871 6117-6118 30-SEP-1945. [Mapped feature: #63447 ]
SDV351291Aerial Photograph: Ordnance Survey. 1969. OS/69292. Ordnance Survey Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). OS/69292 V 023-024 28-JUN-1969.

Associated Monuments

MDV13723Part of: Renney Battery (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6127 - Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey National Mapping Programme (NMP) for South-West England - South Coast Devon (Ref: ACD618)

Date Last Edited:Aug 27 2021 1:42PM