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HER Number:MDV126638
Name:Submarine mine observation station west of Watch House Battery, Wembury.

Summary

The buildings of the late-19th and early 20th century submarine mine observation station are visible as extant and ruined rectangular structures on aerial photographs taken from 1946 onwards, and inlcude searchlights, bridge, stairway, observation post and observation station. The sentry post and the footbridge between the two searchlight emplacements do not appear to have survived. Walling beneath the bridge and to the north and south of the searchlights may be contemporary.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 487 509
Map Sheet:SX45SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishWembury
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishPLYMSTOCK

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • SUBMARINE MINE ESTABLISHMENT (XIX to Edwardian - 1896 AD to 1910 AD (Occasionally))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/106G/UK/1286, RAF/106G/UK/1286 RV 6211-6212 25-MAR-1946 (Aerial Photograph). SDV363269.

The remains of a walkway between two square structures on the coast are visible as partial linear structures.

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

The buildings of the submarine mine observation station are visible as extant and ruined structures.

Royal Air Force, 1958, RAF 58/2546, RAF/58/2546/PSFO-P1-0376 26-AUG-1958 (Aerial Photograph). SDV351257.

The sentry post, searchlights and walling between them are clearly visible. The observation post and observation station are less distinctly visible.

Pye, A. + Woodward, F., 1996, The Historic Defences of Plymouth, Fig 109; Fig 110; page 215 (Monograph). SDV167752.

The elements of the submarine mine observation station are plotted and the exterior, interior where possible and condition are described. The station is dated to 1896 with elements added incrementally until circa 1910. It included an observation station, seachlight emplacements, observation post and infrastructure linking them such as a sentry post, steps and bridge.

Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC, 1999-2017, Pan Government Agreement Aerial Photographs, Next Perspectives APGB Imagery SX4850 15-MAY-2016 (Aerial Photograph). SDV363087.

The buildings of the submarine mine observation station are visible as extant and ruined structures, though the sentry post is not visible.

Historic England, 2014, NMR 29059, NMR 29059/31 13-JUN-2014 (Aerial Photograph). SDV363262.

The front of the observation post roof appears to have collapsed.

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.

The buildings of the late-19th and early 20th century submarine mine observation station are visible as extant and ruined rectangular structures on aerial photographs taken from 1946 onwards. In the earliest available photographs the remains of the footbridge between the two searchlight emplacements can be seen. The sentry post is not visible on recent aerial imagery. Walling beneath the bridge and to the north and south of the searchlights is similar in appearance to the walling previously recorded at the head of a small bay to the south (MDV48767) and may be contemporary.
The separate elements (searchlights, bridge, stairway, observation post and observation station) that had already been recorded have been assigned as child records (MDV48762-MDV48766 & MDV121016), but have not been individually amended.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV167752Monograph: Pye, A. + Woodward, F.. 1996. The Historic Defences of Plymouth. The Historic Defences of Plymouth. A4 Paperback. Fig 109; Fig 110; page 215.
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: #122277 ]
SDV351257Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1958. RAF 58/2546. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/58/2546/PSFO-P1-0376 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.
SDV363087Aerial Photograph: Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. 1999-2017. Pan Government Agreement Aerial Photographs. Aerial Photography for Great Britain Aerial Photographs. Digital. Next Perspectives APGB Imagery SX4850 15-MAY-2016.
SDV363262Aerial Photograph: Historic England. 2014. NMR 29059. Historic England Aerial Photograph. Digital. NMR 29059/31 13-JUN-2014.
SDV363269Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/106G/UK/1286. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/106G/UK/1286 RV 6211-6212 25-MAR-1946.

Associated Monuments

MDV121016Parent of: Footbridge to north of Bovisand Pier, Wembury (Monument)
MDV48765Parent of: Observation Post at Staddon Heights, Wembury (Monument)
MDV48766Parent of: Observation Post at Staddon Heights, Wembury (Monument)
MDV48764Parent of: Staddon Heights Battery, Stairway (Monument)
MDV48762Parent of: Staddon Heights Searchlight, Wembury (Monument)
MDV48763Parent of: Staddon Heights Searchlight, Wembury (Monument)
MDV48767Related to: Wall north of Fort Bovisand, 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 18 2019 11:11AM