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HER Number:MDV113506
Name:Observation Post (15) on Okement Hill, Okehampton Hamlets


Observation Post 15; one of 22 posts constructed around the Range to ensure safety during training, but also for observing artillery fire and controlling targets. Remains consist of a stone-and-turf shelter. Not considered of good enough condition for Scheduling.


Grid Reference:SX 602 877
Map Sheet:SX68NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
Civil ParishOkehampton Hamlets
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD
Ecclesiastical ParishOKEHAMPTON

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthwork and structural remains of late 19th/early 20th century military observation post on Okement Hill, consisting of a stone-and-turf shelter

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX68NW93
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 967092
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX58NE/67

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • OBSERVATION POST (XIX to Early 20th Century - 1850 AD to 1920 AD)

Full description

Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England, 1987-1993, Duchy Farms Project Survey Visit, S. Probert (Report - Survey). SDV350839.

(02/09/1993) Observation Post 15 lies adjacent to the military ring road on the broad summit of Okement Hill.
It comprises a stone built shelter protected by a large mound of turf and boulders on its west, north and east sides.
The shelter measures 3.0m east to west by 1.9m internally and 2.2m high. The front, south, side is formed by a cast concrete blast wall 1.5m high. The roof is of reinforced concrete and access is gained via steel rungs cast into the blast wall.
The grass-covered protective mound is retained by a coursed boulder wall up to 2.4m high.
The origin of this structure is uncertain though many of the OPs on Okehampton Range are thought to date from the early 20th century (a). It possesses good views to the south and may still be used as an observation post.

Francis, P., 2002, Okehampton Artillery Range, 13, plate 34 (Report - Survey). SDV359222.

Observation Post 15. Located on Okement Hill, just north of the 'Q' datum point. Identical design to 17 and consists of a natural stone walled shelter with a reinforced concrete roof supported by rolled steel joists. The front elevation has a half-height reinforced concrete blast wall which is independent of the main structure. The post is covered in earth and grass (only a thin covering remains on the roof probably as a result of wind erosion) with granite block retaining wall around three sides. SX60254 87767.

Probert, S. A. J. + Newman, P., 2003-2004, Measured survey North Dartmoor Military Range Okehampton Range: Monument Baseline Condition Survey, S. Probert (Report - Survey). SDV350801.

(26/01/2004) This feature remains largely as described in 1993 though some of the drystone facing to the protective mound has been rebuilt.

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

Site of the observation post visible on the aerial photography.

English Heritage, 2015, Okehampton Artillery Range: Various Observation Posts (Schedule Document). SDV359220.

Observation Posts 3, 15, 17 and 22 are not recommended for scheduling for the following principal
Survival: they do not survive as well as similar structures on this range, having undergone a greater
level of alterations. They are also not as closely related to other artillery range features.
Group value: although not of sufficient national importance in their own right, the structures have group value with the other related military training features and form part of the Range's historical development and context.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV346026Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. Digital. [Mapped feature: #72852 ]
SDV350801Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J. + Newman, P.. 2003-2004. Measured survey North Dartmoor Military Range Okehampton Range: Monument Baseline Condition Survey. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Archaeological Survey. 28-2004. Unknown. S. Probert.
SDV350839Report - Survey: Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England. 1987-1993. Duchy Farms Project Survey Visit. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Archaeological Survey. Unknown. S. Probert.
SDV359220Schedule Document: English Heritage. 2015. Okehampton Artillery Range: Various Observation Posts. Reject at Initial Assessment Letter. Digital.
SDV359222Report - Survey: Francis, P.. 2002. Okehampton Artillery Range. A4 Comb Bound. 13, plate 34.

Associated Monuments

MDV54157Related to: Observation Post (14) at Blackhaven Spur, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV113126Related to: Observation post (16) and flanking target butts to north-east of Okement Hill (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)
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)
MDV113530Related to: Observation Post (6) east of East Mill Tor, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV113118Related to: Observation Post (7) on East Mill Tor, Dartmoor Forest (Building)
MDV27701Related to: Shell craters, Okement Hill (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7620 - Okehampton Artillary Range
  • EDV8409 - Dartmoor Royal Forest Project
  • EDV8679 - Okehampton Range: Management Survey
  • EDV8291 - Okehampton Range: Monument Baseline Condition Survey
  • EDV8695 - Survey of Okehampton North Dartmoor Military Range
  • EDV8423 - Duchy Farms Project

Date Last Edited:Apr 27 2022 10:32AM