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HER Number:MDV105313
Name:Possible Searchlight Above Broadsands

Summary

A structure visible on aerial photographs taken in 1941 and 1951 may be a Second World War searchlight, the base of which was recorded on a site visit in 1995. Remains may survive below vegetation cover.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 894 576
Map Sheet:SX85NE
Admin AreaTorbay
Civil ParishTorbay
Ecclesiastical ParishPAIGNTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 1414428
  • Torbay HER: MTO60056

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • SEARCHLIGHT BATTERY? (World War II - 1939 AD to 1945 AD (Between))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1941, RAF/140/S437/H3, NMR SX8957/13 MSO 31287/PO-032 24-AUG-1941 (Aerial Photograph). SDV352691.

A small flat roofed structure is just visible.


Royal Air Force, 1951, RAF/540/497, RAF/540/497 RP 4004-4005 12-MAY-1951 (Aerial Photograph). SDV351212.

A possible structure is indistinctly visible.


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

A structure is visible, although indistinctly, on the clifftop on aerial photographs taken in 1941. It is at the northern terminus of a slit trench and appears to be roughly 3.5 metres square in plan on aerial photographs taken in 1951. It is possible that this is a Second World War searchlight, the base of which was recorded on a site visit in 1995, although the photographs are too indistinct to confirm this for certain. The structure is not visible on later available aerial photographs but remains may survive below vegetation cover.

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
SDV351212Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1951. RAF/540/497. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/540/497 RP 4004-4005 12-MAY-1951. [Mapped feature: #64768 ]
SDV352691Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1941. RAF/140/S437/H3. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). NMR SX8957/13 MSO 31287/PO-032 24-AUG-1941.

Associated Monuments

MDV105312Related to: Slit Trench Above Broadsands (Monument)

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 23 2013 4:59PM