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HER Number:MDV114776
Name:Broomhill Camp, Honiton

Summary

A small camp of probable Second World War date and possible military function was visible on aerial photographs of the 1940s as numerous structures in the grounds of St Rita’s Retreat and Conference Centre, formerly Broomhills House, on the western edge of Honiton. All evidence of the camp has been removed.

Location

Grid Reference:ST 154 003
Map Sheet:ST10SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishHoniton
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishHONITON

Protected Status

  • SHINE: World War II Military Camp visible on RAF aerial photos, south-west of Mountbatten Park.

Other References/Statuses

  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • MILITARY CAMP (World War II - 1939 AD to 1945 AD (Between))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1947, RAF/CPE/UK/1974, RAF/CPE/UK/1974 F20 1444-1445 11-APR-1947 (Aerial Photograph). SDV356127.

A small camp of circa 26 probable Quonset huts or other structures was visible.


Royal Air Force, 1948, RAF/CPE/UK/2482, RAF/CPE/UK/2482 F20 4028-4029 10-MAR-1948 (Aerial Photograph). SDV359310.

A small camp of probable Quonset huts was visible.


The Airfield Resarch Group, 2008-2013, The Airfield Information Exchange, Accessed 07/04/2016 (Website). SDV356324.

List of Army camps/barracks in Devon.


J. E. Kaufmann, H. W. Kaufmann, 2009, The American GI in Europe in World War II, P.392 (Monograph). SDV359502.

Camp Broomhill mentioned.


Hegarty, C. + Knight, S. + Sims, R., 2016-2018, The Blackdown Hills AONB and East Devon River Catchments National Mapping Programme Project (Interpretation). SDV359463.

A small camp of probable Second World War date and possible military function was visible on aerial photographs of the 1940s as numerous structures in the grounds of St Rita’s Retreat and Conference Centre, formerly Broomhills House, on the western edge of Honiton.
Unverified online resources may support the interpretation that the camp was probably that known as Broomhill Camp, or Camp Broomhill, which accommodated the US Army 42nd Field Artillery Battalion. The curved roofed structures visible were probably Quonset Huts. All evidence of the camp has been removed.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV356127Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1947. RAF/CPE/UK/1974. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/CPE/UK/1974 F20 1444-1445 11-APR-1947. [Mapped feature: #74106 ]
SDV356324Website: The Airfield Resarch Group. 2008-2013. The Airfield Information Exchange. http://www.airfieldinformationexchange.org. Website. Accessed 07/04/2016.
SDV359310Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1948. RAF/CPE/UK/2482. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/CPE/UK/2482 F20 4028-4029 10-MAR-1948.
SDV359463Interpretation: Hegarty, C. + Knight, S. + Sims, R.. 2016-2018. The Blackdown Hills AONB and East Devon River Catchments National Mapping Programme Project. Historic England Research Report. Digital.
Linked documents:2
SDV359502Monograph: J. E. Kaufmann, H. W. Kaufmann. 2009. The American GI in Europe in World War II. The American GI in Europe in World War II: The March to D-Day. Digital. P.392.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7508 - The Blackdown Hills AONB and East Devon River Catchments National Mapping Programme (NMP) project (Ref: ACD1228)

Date Last Edited:Mar 20 2018 12:48PM