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HER Number:MDV109990
Name:Aircraft Dispersal Pens, Harrowbeer Airfield


Row of six protected dispersal areas for fighter aircraft on the south-western side of the airfield.


Grid Reference:SX 511 678
Map Sheet:SX56NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishBuckland Monachorum
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBUCKLAND MONACHORUM

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthwork and structural remains of the World War II RAF Harrowbeer airfield, as well as medieval fields and farms, industrial tin working, sections of the Devonport and Plymouth Leats, and part of the Plymouth and Dartmoor Tramway on Roborough Down

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BLAST SHELTER (World War II - 1939 AD to 1945 AD)

Full description

Pillbox Study Group, 2012-2020, WWII Defence Sites, e10576-e10581 (Un-published). SDV357880.

Aircraft dispersal pens (Type B). Protected dispersal areas for fighter aircraft.

Ordnance Survey, 2015, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV357601.

Hegarty, C., Knight, S. and Sims, R., 2020, South Devon Coast to Dartmoor AI&M Survey, Area 2 Site Visit, 16-AUG-2020 (Site Visit). SDV363808.

Many of the dispersal pens are well preserved. The hard standing is being used for car parking. Some of the openings have been blocked up and others are gated.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV357601Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2015. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #69444 ]
SDV357880Un-published: Pillbox Study Group. 2012-2020. WWII Defence Sites. Digital. e10576-e10581.
SDV363808Site Visit: Hegarty, C., Knight, S. and Sims, R.. 2020. South Devon Coast to Dartmoor AI&M Survey, Area 2 Site Visit. AC Archaeology. Photograph (Digital). 16-AUG-2020.
Linked images:14

Associated Monuments

MDV55691Part of: Harrowbeer Airfield, Buckland Monachorum (Monument)
MDV109988Related to: Aircraft Dispersal Pen, Harrowbeer Airfield (Monument)
MDV109986Related to: Aircraft Dispersal Pens, Harrowbeer Airfield (Monument)
MDV110015Related to: Light Aircraft Battery, Harrowbeer Airfield (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Aug 24 2020 11:10AM