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HER Number:MDV105200
Name:Rectangular Structure North of Hollicombe Gasworks

Summary

A rectangular structure, visible on aerial photographs between 1949 and 2012, appears to be sited in the east end of a possible earthwork trench. Although resembling an air raid shelter, nothing is visible in this area on aerial photographs taken in 1946. This structure of unknown function may therefore post-date the Second World War.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 898 625
Map Sheet:SX86SE
Admin AreaTorbay
Civil ParishTorbay
Ecclesiastical ParishCOCKINGTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • AIR RAID SHELTER? (World War II - 1939 AD to 1945 AD (Between))
  • STRUCTURE (XX - 1949 AD to 2000 AD (Between))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/3G/TUD/UK/223, RAF/3G/TUD/UK223 5097-5098 12-JUL-1946 (Aerial Photograph). SDV352279.

No structures or earthworks are visible.


RAF, 1949, RAF/58/209 Vp2, RAF/58/209 5091-5092 15-APR-1949 (Aerial Photograph). SDV352287.

A rectangular structure is visible within a longer pale area, possibly an earthwork trench.


Channel Coast Observatory, 2001-2012, Channel Coast Observatory Aerial Photography, Channel Coastal Observatory SX8962_20120918ortho.ecw 18-SEP-2012 (Aerial Photograph). SDV351226.

A rectangular structure is visible.


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

A rectangular structure, circa 11 metres by 2 metres in plan, is visible on aerial photographs between 1949 and 2012. It appears to be sited in the east end of a pale area 26 by 2.5 metres in plan, possibly an earthwork trench. Its form suggests that it could be a trench air raid shelter, but nothing is visible in this area on aerial photographs taken in 1946. It could have been completely buried, but no entrance or exit is visible, and the ground does not appear to have been recently disturbed. It is therefore most likely that this structure post-dates the Second World War, although its function is not apparent from the available aerial photographs. A site visit to survey the remains could help to clarify the date and function of this structure.

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
SDV351226Aerial Photograph: Channel Coast Observatory. 2001-2012. Channel Coast Observatory Aerial Photography. Channel Coast Observatory. Digital. Channel Coastal Observatory SX8962_20120918ortho.ecw 18-SEP-2012.
SDV352279Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/3G/TUD/UK/223. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/3G/TUD/UK223 5097-5098 12-JUL-1946.
SDV352287Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1949. RAF/58/209 Vp2. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Print. RAF/58/209 5091-5092 15-APR-1949. [Mapped feature: #64662 ]

Associated Monuments: none recorded

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:Oct 11 2013 11:56AM