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HER Number:MDV125326
Name:Air raid shelters at Audley Park school (now Torquay Academy), Torbay

Summary

Nine Second World War air raid shelters are visible on aerial photographs taken in 1946, as rectangular structures with entrances at each end. They seem to have been incrementally removed beween 1946 and 1999.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 906 655
Map Sheet:SX96NW
Admin AreaTorbay
Civil ParishTorbay
DistrictTorbay
Ecclesiastical ParishTORMOHAM

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • AIR RAID SHELTER (World War II - 1939 AD to 1945 AD (Between))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/3G/TUD/UK/223, RAF/3G/TUD/UK/223 Vp1 5085-5086 12-JUL-1946 (Aerial Photograph). SDV352279.

Nine flat-roofed structures are visible, three in the east courtyard, three in the west courtyard, two outside the courtyards (one at each end) and one to the south-west of the school. The buildings are rectangular, with a small extension at each of the short ends.


Royal Air Force, 1949, RAF/58/209, RAF/58/209 Vp2 5113-5114 15-APR-1949 (Aerial Photograph). SDV352462.

Three of the structures are visible at 290739,65593, 290601,65591 and 290749,65603. Pale cropmarks or areas of bare earth are visible on the site of three others.


Royal Air Force, 1959, RAF/58/3190, RAF/58/3190 F21 0085-0086 31-AUG-1959 (Aerial Photograph). SDV351612.

Three of the structures are visible.


Ordnance Survey, 1986, OS/86246, OS/86246 V 1065-1066 15-OCT-1986 (Aerial Photograph). SDV352106.

Two of the structures are visible.


Ordnance Survey, 1988, OS/88090, OS/88090 V 049-050 11-MAY-1988 (Aerial Photograph). SDV352222.

Two of the structures are visible at 290739,65593 and 290601,65591.


GetMapping, 1999 - 2000, Millennium Map 1999-2000 Getmapping (Aerial Photograph). SDV321648.

None of these structures are visible.


Hegarty, C., Knight, S. and Sims, R., 2018-2019, The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping Survey. Area 1, Haldon Ridge to Dart Valley (Interpretation). SDV361305.

Nine flat-roofed structures are visible in and around the school building on aerial photographs taken in 1946. Three are located in the east courtyard and three in the west courtyard, two just outside the courtyards (one at each end) and one to the south-west of the school. The structures are rectangular and measure just under 4 by 7 metres, with a small 1 by 2 metre extension at each of the short ends, indicating twin entrances/exits. They are interpreted as Second World War air raid shelters, perhaps intended not just for the school but also the military site in the grounds (MDV125315). Four of the structures appear to have been demolished by 1949 and another between 1959 and 1986, so by 1988 only two remained, located at 290739,65593 and 290601,65591. These appear to have been removed by 1999.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV321648Aerial Photograph: GetMapping. 1999 - 2000. Millennium Map 1999-2000 Getmapping. Millennium Map. Photograph (Digital).
SDV351612Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1959. RAF/58/3190. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/58/3190 F21 0085-0086 31-AUG-1959.
SDV352106Aerial Photograph: Ordnance Survey. 1986. OS/86246. Ordnance Survey. Photograph (Paper). OS/86246 V 1065-1066 15-OCT-1986.
SDV352222Aerial Photograph: Ordnance Survey. 1988. OS/88090. Ordnance Survey. Photograph (Paper). OS/88090 V 049-050 11-MAY-1988.
SDV352279Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/3G/TUD/UK/223. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/3G/TUD/UK/223 Vp1 5085-5086 12-JUL-1946. [Mapped feature: #116611 ]
SDV352462Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1949. RAF/58/209. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/58/209 Vp2 5113-5114 15-APR-1949.
SDV361305Interpretation: Hegarty, C., Knight, S. and Sims, R.. 2018-2019. The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping Survey. Area 1, Haldon Ridge to Dart Valley. Historic England Research Report. Digital.
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Associated Monuments

MDV125315Related to: Second World War camp at Audley Park school (now Torquay Academy), Torbay (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7515 - The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping (formerly NMP) Survey (Ref: ACD1748)

Date Last Edited:Mar 7 2019 3:24PM