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HER Number:MDV105436
Name:Possible Ammunition Depot or Fuel Store West of Berry Head Common

Summary

A complex of structures and earthworks visible on aerial photographs between 1942 and 1986 may have been a Second World War ammunition depot, or fuel store. The structures and earthworks appear to have been at least partially levelled by 1989.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 937 562
Map Sheet:SX95NW
Admin AreaTorbay
Civil ParishBrixham
Ecclesiastical ParishBRIXHAM

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • AMMUNITION DEPOT? (World War II - 1939 AD to 1945 AD (Between))
  • FUEL STORE? (World War II - 1939 AD to 1945 AD (Between))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1942, RAF/AC39, RAF/AC41 31-32 30-APR-1942 (Aerial Photograph). SDV352346.

A complex of structures and earthworks is visible, surrounded by bare ground.


Royal Air Force, 1948, RAF/CPE/UK/2501, RAF/CPE/UK/2488 5203-5204 11-MAR-1948 (Aerial Photograph). SDV351280.

A complex of structures and earthworks is visible.


Cambridge University, 1973, K17-AD, CUCAP K17-AD 130 03-JUL-1973 (Aerial Photograph). SDV354635.

Details of the fittings and entrances are clearly visible.


Griffith, F. M., 1986, DAP/HQ, DAP 13294/15 23-DEC-1986 (Aerial Photograph). SDV337326.

A complex of structures and earthworks is visible.


Ordnance Survey, 1989, OS/89037, NMR/OS/89037 V 070 07-MAR-1989 (Aerial Photograph). SDV352115.

The site appears to have been levelled.


Channel Coast Observatory, 2001-2012, Channel Coast Observatory Aerial Photography, Channel Coastal Observatory SX9356_20120918ortho.ecw 18-SEP-2012 (Aerial Photograph). SDV351226.

The area is scrubbed up.


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

A complex of structures and earthworks of modern military character is visible on aerial photographs between 1942 and 1986, covering approximately 3.5 hectares. Five embanked roughly rectangular buildings could be munitions stores; four measure circa 30 by 40 metres in plan and the fifth in the north of the site measures roughly 30 by 30 metres. Possible roof vent structures are visible on some of the aerial photographs and walled entrances are visible in the sides of several of the mounds. Five smaller rectangular buildings and a probable quarry pit from which the bank material may have been sourced are also visible. A linear earth-bound structure 30 metres in length with walled entrances at each end is sited in the west of the complex, just east of a rectangular water filled structure 15 by 6 metres in plan. Although interpretation is tentative, this site is similar in formation, although larger, than the 1940s complex near Brixham Cricket Ground, and both may have been Second World War ammunition depots or fuel stores. The structures and earthworks remained relatively complete until at least 1986, and detail of the fixings and entrances are clearly visible on aerial photographs taken in 1973, but by 1989 the area appears to have been levelled. It is possible that remains survive, but this is not clear from the available aerial photograph resource and the area was scrubbed up in 2012. Further archaeological work may help to establish the survival and extent of surrounding remains; documentary and oral history research may also help to identify the function of this complex.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV337326Aerial Photograph: Griffith, F. M.. 1986. DAP/HQ. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). DAP 13294/15 23-DEC-1986.
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 SX9356_20120918ortho.ecw 18-SEP-2012.
SDV351280Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1948. RAF/CPE/UK/2501. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/CPE/UK/2488 5203-5204 11-MAR-1948. [Mapped feature: #64878 ]
SDV352115Aerial Photograph: Ordnance Survey. 1989. OS/89037. Ordnance Survey. Photograph (Paper). NMR/OS/89037 V 070 07-MAR-1989.
SDV352346Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1942. RAF/AC39. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/AC41 31-32 30-APR-1942.
SDV354635Aerial Photograph: Cambridge University. 1973. K17-AD. Cambridge University Collection of Aerial Photographs. Photograph (Paper). CUCAP K17-AD 130 03-JUL-1973.

Associated Monuments

MDV105359Related to: Possible Ammunition Depot or Fuel Store South of Brixham Cricket 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