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HER Number:MDV16676
Name:Transmitter Block, Radar Station, Northam

Summary

Transmitter block of a West coast Chain Home radar station at Northam Burrows. The site, with various transmitter and receiver blocks, masts, access tracks and perimeter fencing is recorded on aerial photos.

Location

Grid Reference:SS 449 303
Map Sheet:SS43SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishNortham
DistrictTorridge
Ecclesiastical ParishNORTHAM

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS43SW/1

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • TRANSMITTER SITE (Built, World War II - 1939 AD to 1945 AD (Between))

Full description

Historic England, 12/08/2015, Northam Chain Home Radar Station, North of Appledore Road and Long's Lane, Northam, Bideford, Torridge, Devon (Correspondence). SDV358979.


Royal Air Force, 1946, 106G/UK 1420, 3233 (HER 3/47) (Aerial Photograph). SDV339466.


Cambridge University Collection, 1975, CUC/BTS, BTS 8 (Aerial Photograph). SDV119928.

A small rectangular mark, apparently a large building, shows on Cambridge Universtity Collection aerial photograph. The drains on Northam Burrows also show nicely. Building is at C. SS44873030.


Wasley, G., 1994, Devon at War 1939-1945, 53 (Monograph). SDV165766.

Radar station built in 1940.


Horner, W., 1996, Defence of Britain Worksheet (Worksheet). SDV2921.

This is a transmitter block of a West coast Chain Home radar station at Northam Burrows. This site, with various transmitter and receiver blocks, masts, access tracks and perimeter fencing. Recorded on Aerial Photographs by RAF 1946 and Cambridge University in 1975.


Hellis, J., 1996, Email (Correspondence). SDV339869.

Post-war Postcard of Westward Ho! shows in background four slim steel towers and two shorter gantry towers. The latter possibly wooden receiver towers. The base of one of these wooden towers can still be seen from the Appledore road. Other details: To Devon County Council.


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

Transmitter Block not recorded on current map.


Dobinson, C. S., 2000, Acoustics and radar, 161 (Report - non-specific). SDV325097.

Radar station. Chain Home No 19, Northam. Operational in April 1941.


DCC, 2000, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV2089.

The transmitter block is not recorded on current dcc mapping (DCC). DCC mapview/(2000).


Collings, A. G. + Manning, P. T. + Valentin, J., 2007, The North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Phase 1. Archaeological Survey. Summary Report, No. 28 (Report - Assessment). SDV339712.

Building visible on 1975 aerial photo at circa SS44873030. Represents transmitter block of west coast chain home radar station at northam burrows. The site, with various transmitter and receiver blocks, masts, access tracks and perimeter fencing, is recorded on 1946 aerial photo.


Passmore, A. + Passmore, M., 2010, RAF Northam, Devon. "Q" Building (Report - Survey). SDV344624.

RAF Northam in north Devon was a Chain Home radar station between 1941 and 1944. An Air Ministry Plan of underground cables at the station, dated 1941, included the position of two "Q" buildings to the north of the site. The drawing shows rectangular structures, possibly comprised of blast walls or earth traverses. A later plan dated April 1942 relating to the siting of masts suggests the presence of buildings within these walls or traverses. A post-war air photograph indicates buildings, and tracks leading to the structures; entrances can be noted.


Passmore, M. + Passmore, A., 2011, Royal Air Force Air-Defence Radar Station Northam, 2-3 (Leaflet). SDV347318.

Other details: Photographs.


Passmore, A. J., 2013, Northam Burrows FEP Consultation Pro-forma (Report - non-specific). SDV356811.

The area mapped on the HER includes MDV77317 (see separate entry). This is the only earthwork visible in the area. Other than this and the military road (MDV102482) nothing is depicted here on Air Ministry plans.


Passmore, A., 2014, Northam Burrows, Northam, Devon: Higher Level Stewardship Scheme Archaeological Survey, 6, 12 (Report - Survey). SDV356810.

Of the recorded heritage assets, the anti-glider trenches (MDV55668) and RAF Northam (particularly MDV77317, MDV16676 and MDV102476) lend themselves to onsite public interpretation.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV119928Aerial Photograph: Cambridge University Collection. 1975. CUC/BTS. Cambridge University Collection of Aerial Photographs. Photograph (Paper). BTS 8.
SDV165766Monograph: Wasley, G.. 1994. Devon at War 1939-1945. Devon at War. Hardback Volume. 53.
SDV2089Migrated Record: DCC. 2000.
SDV2921Worksheet: Horner, W.. 1996. Defence of Britain Worksheet. Defence of Britain Project. Worksheet.
SDV321648Aerial Photograph: GetMapping. 1999 - 2000. Millennium Map 1999-2000 Getmapping. Millennium Map. Photograph (Digital).
SDV325097Report - non-specific: Dobinson, C. S.. 2000. Acoustics and radar. Twentieth Century Fortifications in England. VII. A4 Stapled + Digital. 161.
SDV339466Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. 106G/UK 1420. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 3233 (HER 3/47).
SDV339712Report - Assessment: Collings, A. G. + Manning, P. T. + Valentin, J.. 2007. The North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Phase 1. Archaeological Survey. Summary Report. Exeter Archaeology Report. 06.22 (rev.1). A4 Stapled + Digital. No. 28.
SDV339869Correspondence: Hellis, J.. 1996. Email. Description of site. Unknown.
SDV344624Report - Survey: Passmore, A. + Passmore, M.. 2010. RAF Northam, Devon. "Q" Building. A4 Single Sheet + Digital.
SDV347318Leaflet: Passmore, M. + Passmore, A.. 2011. Royal Air Force Air-Defence Radar Station Northam. A Brief Introduction to Twentieth Century Military and Civil Defence Archae. 39. A4 Folded. 2-3.
SDV356810Report - Survey: Passmore, A.. 2014. Northam Burrows, Northam, Devon: Higher Level Stewardship Scheme Archaeological Survey. AC Archaeology. CD760/2/3. A4 Bound + Digital. 6, 12.
SDV356811Report - non-specific: Passmore, A. J.. 2013. Northam Burrows FEP Consultation Pro-forma. AC Archaeology Report. Digital.
SDV358979Correspondence: Historic England. 12/08/2015. Northam Chain Home Radar Station, North of Appledore Road and Long's Lane, Northam, Bideford, Torridge, Devon. Notification of Designation Decision. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV55665Part of: RAF Northam Radar Station (Monument)
MDV77317Related to: A possible Second World War decoy building at Northam Burrows (Monument)
MDV55664Related to: Transmitter Masts, RAF Northam Radar Station (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6518 - Archaeological Survey of Northam Burrows (Ref: ACD760)

Date Last Edited:Aug 18 2015 10:41AM