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HER Number:MDV27790
Name:Target Tramways on West Mill Tor, Okehampton Hamlets

Summary

Three target tramways are visible on aerial photograph on the north-west slope of West Mill Tor. Two are in poor condition. The foundations of a hexagonal (military?) building are also visible

Location

Grid Reference:SX 584 916
Map Sheet:SX59SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishOkehampton Hamlets
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishOKEHAMPTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX59SE131
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX59SE/123
  • Pastscape: 1396582

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • TARGET TRAMWAY (XVIII to XXI - 1751 AD to 2009 AD (Between))

Full description

National Monument Record, 12/04/1969, SX5891, 1 (Aerial Photograph). SDV250389.

Photograph taken on 12th April 1969.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP (Cartographic). SDV319854.

Three target tramways are visible on the north-west slope of West Mill Tor. Two are in poor condition. The foundations of a hexagonal (military?) building are also visible.

English Heritage, 2005, Military survey information (Report - Survey). SDV347107.

Features visible on survey.

Newman, P., 2020, Okehampton Training Area - Updates (Correspondence). SDV363729.

Inspected on 9th December 2019. Former artillery target railway at SX5854891721 on the north flank of West Mill Tor.

National Monuments Record, 2020, Pastscape, 1396582, SX59SE131 (Website). SDV363416.

Visited on 16th September 2003 by English Heritage Investigator. From SX58499173 to SX58609172 are the remains of a former artillery target railway on the north flank of West Mill Tor. The remains consist of a flat-bottomed trench 2.0 metres wide and between 0.5 metres and 0.65 metres deep with a turf and stone bank 2.4 metres wide and 0.8 metres high on the eastern edge. Two crescentic hollows have been cut into the western (inside) face of the bank near the centre. There is no evidence of any mechanism.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV250389Aerial Photograph: National Monument Record. 12/04/1969. SX5891. National Monument Record Aerial Photograph. Unknown. 1.
SDV319854Cartographic: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV347107Report - Survey: English Heritage. 2005. Military survey information. English Heritage. Digital.
SDV363416Website: National Monuments Record. 2020. Pastscape. https://www.pastscape.org.uk/. Website. 1396582, SX59SE131.

Associated Monuments

MDV69492Related to: Gun emplacement below West Mill Tor, Okehampton Hamlets (Monument)
MDV69493Related to: Gun emplacement below West Mill Tor, Okehampton Hamlets (Monument)
MDV128711Related to: Military earthworks on saddle between Black Down and West Mill Tor, Okehampton Hamlets (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7620 - Okehampton Artillary Range
  • EDV8291 - Okehampton Range: Monument Baseline Condition Survey

Date Last Edited:Jul 3 2020 2:27PM