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HER Number:MDV105403
Name:Probable Military Building on Brixham Recreation Ground


A rectangular structure visible on aerial photographs taken in 1942 was probably a Second World War temorary structure. It was partially removed by 1946, and visible as a cropmark in 1969.


Grid Reference:SX 923 564
Map Sheet:SX95NW
Admin AreaTorbay
Civil ParishBrixham
Ecclesiastical ParishBRIXHAM

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1942, RAF/AC39, RAF/AC39 V 72-73 29-APR-1942 (Aerial Photograph). SDV352346.

A rectangular structure is visible.

Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/CPE/UK/1890, RAF/CPE/UK/1890 FS 3207-3208 10-DEC-1946 (Aerial Photograph). SDV351061.

The structure is no longer extant, but its outline is visible as a cropmark and some ruinous structural remains may be visible.

Ordnance Survey, 1969, OS/69293, NMR/OS/69293 V 023-024 28-JUN-1969 (Aerial Photograph). SDV354437.

The buried remains of the building are visible as a parchmark.

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

A rectangular building, circa 4 by 10 metres in plan, is visible as a structure on aerial photographs taken during the Second World War. It appears to have been accessed from the road and may have been a temporary military feature such as a hall or chapel, although it is of similar dimensions to the structures on the east of the Recreation Ground and may have been another surface air raid shelter. Some probable walling was visible in 1946, although the foundations remained visible as cropmarks on several runs of aerial photographs up to 1969. Buried remains may survive.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV351061Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/CPE/UK/1890. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/CPE/UK/1890 FS 3207-3208 10-DEC-1946. [Mapped feature: #64847 ]
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
SDV352346Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1942. RAF/AC39. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/AC39 V 72-73 29-APR-1942.
SDV354437Aerial Photograph: Ordnance Survey. 1969. OS/69293. Ordnance Survey. Photograph (Paper). NMR/OS/69293 V 023-024 28-JUN-1969.

Associated Monuments

MDV105406Related to: Probable Surface Air Raid Shelters on Brixham Recreation Ground (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:May 11 2017 12:00AM