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HER Number:MDV105422
Name:Possible Military Structure on Berry Head Road

Summary

A possible Second World War military lookout on the seaward side of the sea wall is visible on aerial photographs taken between 1947 and 2012, and on a site visit during 2013.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 933 566
Map Sheet:SX95NW
Admin AreaTorbay
Civil 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, 1947, RAF 230/CAL/UK/5, NMR SX9356/3 RAF 30092/SO-01321 15-AUG-1947 (Aerial Photograph). SDV351455.

A structure is visible on the seaward side of the sea wall.


Royal Air Force, 1958, RAF/58/2549, NMR SX9356/6 RAF 30137/PSFO-P2-0037 27-AUG-1958 (Aerial Photograph). SDV351446.

The structure is visible.


Hegarty, C., Knight, S. and Sims, R., 2013 - 2014, South Devon Coast RCZAS National Mapping Programme Project Site Visit, 04-SEP-2013 (Site Visit). SDV351142.

The 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 2.5 by 3.5 metres in plan with a flat roof, is visible on the seaward side of the sea wall along Berry Head Road on aerial photographs taken between 1947 and 2012. It appears to have been accessed from the east by a set of stairs and a short walled walkway the same width as the building. Its location suggests that it was used as a lookout, perhaps for military purposes in the Second World War. It was visible on oblique aerial photographs in 1958 with a rectangular window opening and appeared relatively unchanged when viewed on a site visit in 2013. The structure is marked on modern mapping so has not been transcribed.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV351142Site Visit: Hegarty, C., Knight, S. and Sims, R.. 2013 - 2014. South Devon Coast RCZAS National Mapping Programme Project Site Visit. AC Archaeology. Digital. 04-SEP-2013.
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
SDV351446Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1958. RAF/58/2549. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). NMR SX9356/6 RAF 30137/PSFO-P2-0037 27-AUG-1958.
SDV351455Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1947. RAF 230/CAL/UK/5. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). NMR SX9356/3 RAF 30092/SO-01321 15-AUG-1947.

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:May 11 2017 12:00AM