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HER Number:MDV126269
Name:Second World War Naval Camp, Sparkwell

Summary

A camp of second World War date was established in Tin Wood, Sparkwell, for the rest and recuperation of personnel who had survived the sinking of allied ships by enemy action.
No evidence of the camp can be identified on aerial photographs of the 1940s but trackways and Nissen Hut bases are reported to survive in situ.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 582 576
Map Sheet:SX55NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishSparkwell
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishPLYMPTON ST.MARY

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • MILITARY CAMP (World War II - 1942 AD to 1945 AD (Between))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1947, RAF/CPE/UK/2105, RAF/CPE/UK/2105 RP 3065-3066 28-MAY-1947 (Aerial Photograph). SDV351151.

No evidence of the camp is visible.


Pam James, 2001, The Book of Sparkwell with Hemerdon and Lee Mill (Monograph). SDV363168.


Ordnance Survey, 2019, MasterMap 2019 (Cartographic). SDV362729.

Structures located within Six Acre Plantation at circa SX58255726, depicted on the MasterMap base map might be remains of a sewage plant associated with the camp.


Hegarty, C., Knight, S. and Sims, R., 2019-2020, The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping Survey. Area 2, Avon Valley to Plymouth (AI&M, formerly NMP) (Interpretation). SDV362982.

A camp of second World War date was established in 1942 under Tin Wood, Sparkwell, for the rest and recuperation of naval personnel who had survived the sinking of allied ships by enemy action.
No evidence of the camp can be identified on aerial photographs of the 1940s. Following D-Day the Nissen Huts were removed but trackways and Nissen Hut bases are reported to survive in situ.
An outlier of this camp was established in 1943 at Hemerdon House for American personnel.
A site visit and survey of the surviving structural remains is recommended.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV351151Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1947. RAF/CPE/UK/2105. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/CPE/UK/2105 RP 3065-3066 28-MAY-1947.
SDV362729Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2019. MasterMap 2019. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV362982Interpretation: Hegarty, C., Knight, S. and Sims, R.. 2019-2020. The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping Survey. Area 2, Avon Valley to Plymouth (AI&M, formerly NMP). Historic England Research Report. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV126263Parent of: Second World War naval camp, Hemerdon House (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8098 - The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping (formerly NMP) Survey, Area 2, Avon Valley to Plymouth (Ref: ACD2040)

Date Last Edited:Aug 7 2019 4:06PM