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HER Number:MDV105444
Name:Possible Building Platform on Berry Head Common

Summary

Several probable earthwork banks are visible on aerial photographs taken between 1946 and 1950. They resemble a Second World War heavy anti-aircraft battery in layout, although interpretation is tentative. Remains may survive below tree cover.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 938 565
Map Sheet:SX95NW
Admin AreaTorbay
Civil ParishBrixham
Ecclesiastical ParishBRIXHAM

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BUILDING PLATFORM? (World War II - 1939 AD to 1945 AD (Between))

Full description

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

No features are visible in this location.


United States Airforce, 1944, US/7PH/GP/LOC147, RAF/US/7PH/GP/LOC147 F24 5020-5021 20-JAN-1944 (Aerial Photograph). SDV351618.

No features are clearly visible on this poor quality laser copy.


Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/CPE/UK/1890, RAF/CPE/UK/1890 FS 3208-3209 10-DEC-1946 (Aerial Photograph). SDV351061.

A possible rectangular flat structure is visible. Map object partly based on this source.


Royal Air Force, 1950, RAF/58/554, RAF/58/554 V 5003-5004 14-AUG-1950 (Aerial Photograph). SDV354447.

A pale rectangular mark is visible. Map object partly based on this source.


Channel Coast Observatory, 2001-2012, Channel Coast Observatory Aerial Photography, Channel Coastal Observatory SX9456_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 rectangular pale mark visible on aerial photographs taken between 1946 and 1950 is likely to be a flat structure. It is 6.5 by 7.5 metres in plan, and could be the concrete base for a military building. It appears to be connected by a trackway to the earthworks to the east that have been tentatively interpreted as a Second World War anti-aircraft battery. Although the area has since become overgrown, remains may survive below the canopy.

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 3208-3209 10-DEC-1946.
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 SX9456_20120918ortho.ecw 18-SEP-2012.
SDV351618Aerial Photograph: United States Airforce. 1944. US/7PH/GP/LOC147. United States Airforce. Photograph (Paper). RAF/US/7PH/GP/LOC147 F24 5020-5021 20-JAN-1944.
SDV352346Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1942. RAF/AC39. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/AC41 32 30-APR-1942.
SDV354447Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1950. RAF/58/554. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/58/554 V 5003-5004 14-AUG-1950.

Associated Monuments

MDV105441Related to: Possible Heavy Anti-Aircraft Battery on Berry Head Common (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