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HER Number:MDV113507
Name:Observation Post (17) south-west of Steeperton Gorge, Okehampton Hamlets


Observation post 17; 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 612 887
Map Sheet:SX68NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
Civil ParishOkehampton Hamlets
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD
Ecclesiastical ParishOKEHAMPTON

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Remains of a late 19th/early 20th century military observation post north of Knack Mine, consisting of a stone-and-turf shelter

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX58NE/67
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • OBSERVATION POST (XIX to XX - 1850 AD to 1920 AD (Between))

Full description

Francis, P., 2002, Okehampton Artillery Range, 13, plate 36 (Report - Survey). SDV359222.

Observation Post 17. Located on the eastern slope of Okement Hill. Identical design to Number 15 (MDV113506). It consists of a natural stone walled shelter with reinforced concrete roof supported by rolled steel joists. Along the front elevation is a half-height reinforced concrete blast wall which is independent of the main structure. The post is covered in grass and earth (now only a thin covering remaining on the roof; probably as a result of wind erosion) with granite block retaining walls along three sides. SX61234 88768.

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

Site of the observation post visible on the aerial photography.

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

Observation Post depicted on the modern mapping.

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.
SDV357601Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2015. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #72853 ]
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 36.

Associated Monuments

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)
MDV113552Related to: Observation Post (18) at Steeperton Tor, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV113554Related to: Observation Post (20) at Dinger Tor, Dartmoor Forest (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)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7620 - Okehampton Artillary Range

Date Last Edited:Oct 5 2018 12:06PM