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HER Number:MDV11097
Name:Admiralty Flag Signal Station, Beer Head

Summary

Admiralty flag signal station in use during the Napoleonic wars. A building is shown in this location on the 19th century Tithe Map, and a coastguard station is labelled in this location on both the First and Second Edition 25 inch Ordnance Survey maps.

Location

Grid Reference:SY 219 881
Map Sheet:SY28NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBeer
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBEER AND SEATON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SY28NW/3

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BUNGALOW (Unknown date)
  • COASTGUARD STATION (Unknown date)
  • SIGNAL STATION (XVIII to XXI - 1701 AD to 2009 AD (Between))

Full description

Devon County Council, 1838-1848, Tithe Maps and Apportionments (Website). SDV349463.

Plot 1229 is recorded as 'Preventive Service House' within the Tithe Apportionment.


Devon County Council, 1838-1848, Tithe Mosaic, approximately 1838-1848 (Cartographic). SDV349431.

A building is illustrated within plot 1229 on the Tithe Map.


Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

A building is shown and labelled as a 'Coastguard Station.'


Ordnance Survey, 1904 - 1906, Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map (Cartographic). SDV325644.

A building is shown and labelled as a 'Coastguard Station.'


Ordnance Survey, 1906, 83SW (Cartographic). SDV335974.

NGC given by Russell is SY226880, which is approx NG of (?) later coastguard lookout. Coastguard station marked on 1906 6 inch Ordnance Survey map, with buildings at SY21938817 and Semaphore at SY21968815.


Russell, P., 1955, Fire Beacons in Devon (Article in Serial). SDV336138.

Admiralty flag signal station at Beer Head in use during the Napoleonic Wars. Set up in 1773.


Wood, E., 1979, Untitled Source (Monograph). SDV336139.

A square building, now a dwelling, is of the right shape for a signal station as is shown as 'Semaphore' on the Ordnance Survey 6 inch map revision of 1913.


Griffith, F. M., 1986, DAP/GC, 12 (Aerial Photograph). SDV57556.


Griffith, F. M., 1986, DAP/GD, 1-2 (Aerial Photograph). SDV336141.


Griffith, F. M., 1986, DAP/HF, 12, 13 (Aerial Photograph). SDV336110.


Kitchen, F., 1990, The Napoleonic War Coast Signal Stations, 341 (Article in Serial). SDV336140.

Built in 1796 at a cost of £190/14/10.


Exeter Archaeology, 2003-2004, East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Archaeological Survey, Site No. 2789 (Archive - Survey). SDV351568.

Possibly survives as house.
SMR.


Pink, F., 2014-2015, South Devon Coast Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey Desk-Based Assessment (Interpretation). SDV357736.

A building is illustrated within plot 1229 on the Seaton and Beer Tithe Map of 1840, and is recorded within the accompanying Tithe Apportionment as 'Preventive Service House.' A track is also shown leading from this building towards the north-east where it joins with a road. A building is shown in this location on both the First and Second Edition 25 inch Ordnance Survey maps where it is labelled as a 'Coastguard Station' although the layout of the building appears to have changed since the Tithe Map. A building is also present in this location on the Ordnance Survey Master Map, but it is now labelled as 'Cliff Top Bungalow.'


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

A building is shown and labelled as 'Cliff Top Bungalow.'

Sources / Further Reading

SDV335974Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1906. 83SW. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 6 inch Map. Map (Paper).
SDV336140Article in Serial: Kitchen, F.. 1990. The Napoleonic War Coast Signal Stations. The Mariner's Mirror. 76. Unknown. 341.
SDV336141Aerial Photograph: Griffith, F. M.. 1986. DAP/GD. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 1-2.
SDV57556Aerial Photograph: Griffith, F. M.. 1986. DAP/GC. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 12.
SDV336139Monograph: Wood, E.. 1979. Collins Field Guide to Archaeology. Unknown.
SDV336110Aerial Photograph: Griffith, F. M.. 1986. DAP/HF. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 12, 13.
SDV336138Article in Serial: Russell, P.. 1955. Fire Beacons in Devon. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 87. A5 Hardback.
SDV349431Cartographic: Devon County Council. 1838-1848. Tithe Mosaic, approximately 1838-1848. Digitised Tithe Map. Digital.
SDV349463Website: Devon County Council. 1838-1848. Tithe Maps and Apportionments. http://devon.gov.uk. Website.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV325644Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1904 - 1906. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV357601Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2015. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV357736Interpretation: Pink, F.. 2014-2015. South Devon Coast Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey Desk-Based Assessment. AC Archaeology Report. Digital.
Linked documents:1
SDV351568Archive - Survey: Exeter Archaeology. 2003-2004. East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Archaeological Survey. East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Archaeological Survey. Digital + Mixed Archive Material. Site No. 2789.

Associated Monuments

MDV50872Related to: Coastguard Lookout on South Down Common (Monument)
MDV50874Related to: RAF Beer Head (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Nov 23 2016 9:45AM