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HER Number:MDV126812
Name:Military camp east of Langham Cottage, Cornwood

Summary

Structures and vegetation marks of a Second World military camp are visible on aerial photographs taken from 1946 onwards. Remains of the camp have been completely cleared by 1989.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 609 592
Map Sheet:SX65NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishCornwood
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishCORNWOOD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/CPE/UK/1890, RAF/CPE/UK/1890 FP 1224-1225 10-DEC-1946 (Aerial Photograph). SDV351061.

Structures and vegetation marks are visible.

Royal Air Force, 1947, RAF/CPE/UK/2105, RAF/CPE/UK/2105 RS 4061-4062 28-MAY-1947 (Aerial Photograph). SDV351151.

Structures and vegetation marks are visible.

Royal Air Force, 1951, RAF/540/483, RAF/540/483 RS 4362-4363 24-APR-1951 (Aerial Photograph). SDV352103.

Vegetation marks are visible. Several structures are extant.

Ordnance Survey, 1989, OS/89037, OS/89037 V 30-31 07-MAR-1989 (Aerial Photograph). SDV352115.

All traces of the former camp has been completely cleared.

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.

Structures and vegetation marks of a Second World military camp are visible on aerial photographs taken from 1946 onwards. The camp extends across an area of circa 8.66 hectares either side of the River Yealm. It comprises numerous Nissen huts to the north of the camp, centred around circa SX60935939, which are intersected by a series of trackways visible as vegetation marks. The remaining extent of the camp is defined by groups of small rectilinear marks, circa 4m by 4m in size, which are interpreted as bases of former tents. A denser concentration of tent marks is also visible to the northeast at circa SX61025943, although given their poor clarity have not been individually transcribed but rather defined by an extent of area polygon. A possible water tank or water treatment works is visible at SX60845930. The camp is little changed on aerial photographs taken in 1947, although by 1951 most of the structures have been demolished, although several remain extant. Vegetation marks of hut bases and trackways are also visible. No further traces of the camp are visible by 1989. The function of the camp is largely unknown, although oral or documentary history may help to establish this.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV351061Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/CPE/UK/1890. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/CPE/UK/1890 FP 1224-1225 10-DEC-1946.
SDV351151Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1947. RAF/CPE/UK/2105. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/CPE/UK/2105 RS 4061-4062 28-MAY-1947. [Mapped feature: #122678 ]
SDV352103Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1951. RAF/540/483. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/540/483 RS 4362-4363 24-APR-1951.
SDV352115Aerial Photograph: Ordnance Survey. 1989. OS/89037. Ordnance Survey. Photograph (Paper). OS/89037 V 30-31 07-MAR-1989.
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: none recorded

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:Nov 5 2019 12:50PM