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HER Number:MDV126613
Name:Military site at Staddon Heights Battery, Wembury.

Summary

Four structures, visible on aerial photographs taken in the 1940s and 1950s, are probably Second World War military structures co-located with the 19th century Staddon Height Battery. They appear to have since been removed.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 488 511
Map Sheet:SX45SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishWembury
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishPLYMSTOCK

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 1396436

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1947, RAF/CPE/UK/2105, RAF/CPE/UK/2105 RP 3138-3139 28-MAY-1947 (Aerial Photograph). SDV351151.

Three flat roofed and one curved roofed structure are visible.

Royal Air Force, 1958, RAF 58/2546, RAF/58/2546/PSFO-P1-0374 26-AUG-1958 (Aerial Photograph). SDV351257.

Three flat roofed and one curved roofed structure, and details of openings are visible on this oblique aerial photograph.

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.

Three rectangular flat roofed and one curved roofed structure are visible on aerial photographs taken in the 1940s and 1950s. The northernmost has a small opening in its seaward face, and the southernmost appears to be two linked structures with openings on at least two faces. The latter is very similar to a structure on the site of Frobishers battery to the east (MDV126485). Set back from these are another flat roofed structure and a Nissen-type hut approximately 55 metres to its north. These appear to form part of a Second World War military site, although its exact function is not clear from the aerial photographs.

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 3138-3139 28-MAY-1947. [Mapped feature: #122180 ]
SDV351257Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1958. RAF 58/2546. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/58/2546/PSFO-P1-0374 26-AUG-1958.
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

MDV48755Related to: Staddon Heights Battery, Wembury (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:Oct 22 2019 11:18AM