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HER Number:MDV113543
Name:Observation Post (8) at Deep Ford, Dartmoor Forest


Observation Post 8. One of 22 posts in Okehampton Artillery Range. Depicted on the historic maps; now demolished. Not visible on aerial photographs.


Grid Reference:SX 608 893
Map Sheet:SX68NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthwork remains of post-Medieval or earlier tin streamworks along the East Okement River as well as remains of tinners' buildings

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX68NW95
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 967102

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1953-1969, 1953-1969 National Grid OS A edition imperial (Cartographic). SDV352727.

'Observation Post' shown on historic map as a small rectangular feature.

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

SX 60848936. Observation Post (NAT) (1988 OS map).
(02/08/1993) The remains of a former artillery Observation Post lie in very marshy ground on the right bank of the East Okement River 750m southwest of Oke Tor.
The site has been destroyed and close examination of the area was not possible due to the marshy ground.
The origin of this feature is uncertain though many OPs on Okehampton Range are thought to date from the early 20th century (citing personal comment Major D Mills, O/C Live Firing, Okehampton Camp, Okehampton, Devon).

Francis, P., 2002, Okehampton Artillery Range, 27, 13 (Report - Survey). SDV359222.

Observation Post 8, Deep Ford, Demolished, SX608 894.

Sources / Further Reading

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.
SDV352727Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1953-1969. 1953-1969 National Grid OS A edition imperial. Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #113614 ]
SDV359222Report - Survey: Francis, P.. 2002. Okehampton Artillery Range. A4 Comb Bound. 27, 13.

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)
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)
MDV54151Related to: Observation Post (3) between High Willhays and East Mill Tor, Okehampton Hamlets (Monument)
MDV54152Related to: Observation Post (4) by Black-a-Ven Brook, Dartmoor Forest (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)
MDV113118Related to: Observation Post (7) on East Mill Tor, Dartmoor Forest (Building)
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
  • 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 26 2022 4:59PM