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HER Number:MDV112979
Name:Possible Bomb Craters, West of Higher Southwood Farm

Summary

Possible bomb craters of Second World War are visible as a series of earthwork pits and levelled earthwork pits on aerial photographs of 1944 onwards, to the west of Higher Southwood Farm.

Location

Grid Reference:SY 013 932
Map Sheet:SY09SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishAylesbeare
Civil ParishClyst Honiton
Civil ParishRockbeare
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishCLYST HONITON
Ecclesiastical ParishAYLESBEARE
Ecclesiastical ParishROCKBEARE

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Military structures; earthworks and archaeological remains of World War II, RAF Exeter and post medieval catchmeadows and orchard banks on footprint of modern Exeter Airport and to the east

Other References/Statuses

  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BOMB CRATER (World War II - 1939 AD to 1945 AD)

Full description

United States Airforce, 1944, US/7PH/GP/LOC252 (Aerial Photograph). SDV358580.

The bomb craters are visible as a series of earthwork pits and areas of levelled earthwork pits. Map object based on this source.

Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/106G/UK/1412, RAF/106G/UK/1412 RS 4434-35 13-APR-1946 (Aerial Photograph). SDV352504.

The bomb craters are visible as a series of earthwork pits and areas of levelled earthwork pits. Map object based on this source.

Royal Air Force, 1947, RAF/CPE/UK/1974, RAF/CPE/UK/1974 FS 2462-63 11-APR-1947 (Aerial Photograph). SDV356127.

The bomb craters are visible as a series of earthwork pits and areas of levelled earthwork pits. Map object based on this source.

Ordnance Survey, 1966, OS/66185 V, OS/66185 V 381-82 22-JUL-1966 (Aerial Photograph). SDV357577.

No further evidence of the bomb craters are visible.

Hegarty, C. + Knight, S. + Sims, R., 2014-2015, East and Mid Devon River Catchments National Mapping Programme Project (Interpretation). SDV356883.

Possible bomb craters of Second World War are visible as a series of earthwork pits and levelled earthwork pits on aerial photographs of 1944 onwards, to the west of Higher Southwood Farm. The concentration of bomb craters, clearly intended for RAF Exeter located approximately 700m to the west and northwest, are dispersed within an area of approximately 13 hectares. They are visible as both earthwork pits and as soilmarks of former earthwork pits which appear to have been freshly levelled. These stray bomb craters form part of a number of other such features recorded within the vicinity of RAF Exeter. They are visible on aerial photographs of 1947, although are no longer visible by 1966.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV352504Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/106G/UK/1412. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/106G/UK/1412 RS 4434-35 13-APR-1946.
SDV356127Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1947. RAF/CPE/UK/1974. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/CPE/UK/1974 FS 2462-63 11-APR-1947.
SDV356883Interpretation: Hegarty, C. + Knight, S. + Sims, R.. 2014-2015. East and Mid Devon River Catchments National Mapping Programme Project. AC Archaeology Report. Digital.
Linked documents:1
SDV357577Aerial Photograph: Ordnance Survey. 1966. OS/66185 V. Ordnance Survey. Photograph (Paper). OS/66185 V 381-82 22-JUL-1966.
SDV358580Aerial Photograph: United States Airforce. 1944. US/7PH/GP/LOC252. United States Airforce. Photograph (Paper).

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6530 - The East and Mid-Devon Rivers Catchment NMP project (Ref: ACD613)

Date Last Edited:Feb 10 2022 9:33AM