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HER Number:MDV113591
Name:Military trenches on Black Down


Earthwork remains of military trenches, including a square trench formation and a curved trench formation were considered for scheduling in 2015 but were declined.


Grid Reference:SX 579 919
Map Sheet:SX59SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishOkehampton Hamlets
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishOKEHAMPTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • TRENCH (XIX to XX - 1850 AD to 1950 AD (Between))

Full description

Francis, P., 2002, Okehampton Artillery Range, 29 (Report - Survey). SDV359222.

Square trench formation, Black Down (earthworks; extant), SX57922 91977 and curved trench formation, Black Down (earthworks; extant), SX57943 92012.

Historic England, 2015, Okehampton Artillery Range: Various Practice Trenches (Schedule Document). SDV359238.

A cluster of six military trenches on the western flank of Black Down. The remains consist of two types of trench work, mortar positions and traversed infantry redoubts (centred on SX57979206). At present there is not sufficient evidence to ascribe a date to these features; from aerial photographs (1947) it appears that they were freshly dug in the mid-C20, possibly in relation to the American Forces’ occupation of the range in the lead up to D-day.
These trenches are not recommended for scheduling, for the following principal reasons:
Period: at present there is not sufficient evidence to securely date these features; however, they probably date to the mid-C20 and, in comparison to the other earlier scheduled trench systems in England, these networks of trenches do not demonstrate the same level of intactness or variety; Survival: although still discernible, the remains of the trenches are relatively fragmentary;
Group value: although there is not sufficient evidence to support scheduling at this time, the earthworks have strong group value with the other related military training features and form part of the historic development and context of the range.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV359222Report - Survey: Francis, P.. 2002. Okehampton Artillery Range. A4 Comb Bound. 29. [Mapped feature: #3037 ]
SDV359238Schedule Document: Historic England. 2015. Okehampton Artillery Range: Various Practice Trenches. Reject at Initial Assessment Letter. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV27789Related to: Two 'F' Range Moving Target Tramways on Black Down, Okehampton Hamlets (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6663 - Survey of the Willsworthy Training Area
  • EDV6664 - Survey of the Willsworthy Training Area
  • EDV6665 - Survey of the Willsworthy Training Area
  • EDV7620 - Okehampton Artillary Range

Date Last Edited:Oct 16 2015 1:37PM