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HER Number:MDV113118
Name:Observation Post (7) on East Mill Tor, Dartmoor Forest

Summary

Observation Post 7. Early 20th century range structure built of reinforced concrete. Although now known as an observation post it appears to have originally been built as a shelter, one of a series which are thought to have served a dual purpose of observing training proceedings and controlling nearby proceedings. Scheduled in October 2015.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 605 892
Map Sheet:SX68NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • OBSERVATION POST (Built, XIX to XX - 1900 AD to 1919 AD (Between))

Full description

Francis, P., 2002, Okehampton Artillery Range, 12-13, plate (Report - Survey). SDV359222.

Observation Post 7. Just north of the CAL datum point is observation point 7. Constructed of a reinforced concrete box-frame in three sections. Independent of the frame along the front elevation is a half-height reinforced concrete blast wall. The structure is covered with earth and grass with granite black retaining walls around three sides. SX60561 89288


GeoInformation Group Ltd, 2010, 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution) (Aerial Photograph). SDV346026.

Feature visible on aerial photograph.


English Heritage, 2015, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV357602.

PRINCIPAL FEATURES: Observation Post 7 is a stone- and earth- covered concrete splinter-proof shelter, also known as a bunkhouse, built up on a small granite outcrop near to west of the East Okement River and 110m west of the military ring road.
DESCRIPTION: a splinter-proof shelter constructed of pre-fabricated concrete blocks lying on the south-western side of a large protective mound of boulders and turf. It consists of three bays and measures 6m, south-west to north-east, by 2m and is 2.5m high. The bays, probably originally open on the south side or partially covered by an earthen bank, are protected by a cast-concrete blast wall topped by a tubular-metal handrail and approximately 1.5m high. Entrance is gained to the shelter via steel rungs cast into the blast wall. The protective semi-circular mound measures 7m, south-west to north-east, by 6m and is just under 3m high. The mound material is retained by a coursed boulder revetment.
EXTENT OF SCHEDULING: a buffer of 2m is included around the shelter for the support and preservation of the structure.
EXCLUSION: a cable tapping-in point within the interior of the mound is excluded from the scheduling, although the wall and floor structure beneath it is included.


English Heritage, 2015, Okehampton Artillery Range: Observation Post 7, and Observation Post 16
and flanking target butts
(Correspondence). SDV358974.

English Heritage is undertaking a project to consider the military buildings on Okehampton Training Camp for addition to the National Heritage List for England. Research carried out in 2002 identified a number of remains associated with the military activity on the Range. Following an inspection of these remains in June 2014, seven sites have been carried forward as part of the project including Observation Post 7.
The origin of Observation Post 7 is as an early-C20 range structure. Although now known as an observation post, a survey of the range from 1919 depicts it in this location as one of a series of splinter-proof shelters which are likely to have served a dual purpose of observing training proceedings and also controlling nearby targets. A reinforced concrete structure, the front bays are protected by a later blast wall with metal tubular rail which would have been used for controlling targets, probably static although there is no clear evidence of where these would have been located. The shelter possesses good views to the south west and may still be used as an artillery observation post.
PRINCIPAL FEATURES: Observation Post 7 is built up on a small granite outcrop, the west of East Okement River and110m west of the military ring road.
DESCRIPTION: an observation shelter constructed of prefabricated concrete blocks lying on the south-western side of a large protective mound of boulders and turf. It consists of three bays and measures 6m south-west to north-east by 2m and 2.5m high. The bays, probably originally open on the south side or partially covered by an earthen bank, are protected by a cast concrete blast wall topped by a metal tubular handrail and approximately 1.5m high.
Entrance is gained to the shelter via steel rungs cast into the blast wall. The protective semi-circular mound measures 7m south-west to north-east by 6m and is just under 3m high.
The mound material is retained by a coursed boulder revetment.
See report for further details.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV346026Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. Digital. [Mapped feature: #72458 ]
SDV357602National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2015. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital.
SDV358974Correspondence: English Heritage. 2015. Okehampton Artillery Range: Observation Post 7, and Observation Post 16 and flanking target butts. English Heritage (Designation) Consultation Report. Digital.
SDV359222Report - Survey: Francis, P.. 2002. Okehampton Artillery Range. A4 Comb Bound. 12-13, plate.

Associated Monuments

MDV52757Related to: Observation Post (1) north of New Bridge, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV54153Related to: Observation Post (11) south of East Mill Tor, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV54156Related to: Observation Post (12) south of East Mill Tor, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV54155Related to: Observation Post (13) at Blackhaven Head, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV54157Related to: Observation Post (14) at Blackhaven Spur, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV113506Related to: Observation Post (15) on Okement Hill, Okehampton Hamlets (Monument)
MDV113126Related to: Observation Post (16) and Flanking Target Butts to north-east of Okement Hill, Dartmoor Forest (Building)
MDV113507Related to: Observation Post (17) south-west of Steeperton Gorge, Okehampton Hamlets (Monument)
MDV113552Related to: Observation Post (18) at Steeperton Tor, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV113553Related to: Observation Post (19) at Oxhead, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV54158Related to: Observation Post (2) at Bog Hill, Okehampton Hamlets (Monument)
MDV113554Related to: Observation Post (20) at Dinger Tor, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV113555Related to: Observation Post (21) east of Black Tor, Okehampton Hamlets (Monument)
MDV51208Related to: Observation Post (22) at East Okement Farm, Okehampton Hamlets (Monument)
MDV54151Related to: Observation Post (3) between High Willhays and East Mill Tor, Okehampton Hamlets (Monument)
MDV54154Related to: Observation Post (5) at Dinger Hill, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV113530Related to: Observation Post (6) east of East Mill Tor, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV113543Related to: Observation Post (8) at Deep Ford, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV113544Related to: Observation Post (9) at West Ravine, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV113546Related to: Observation Posts (10 North and South) at East Mill Tor, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7620 - Okehampton Artillary Range

Date Last Edited:Oct 5 2018 12:14PM