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HER Number:MDV43575
Name:Second World War Light Anti-Aircraft Artillery Emplacement at Renney Camp

Summary

The possible site of a Second World War Light Anti-Aircraft Artillery gun emplacement is visible as a sunken earthwork platform and possibly associated structure on aerial photographs of the 1940s, immediately to the south-east of Renney Battery.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 495 489
Map Sheet:SX44NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishWembury
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishWEMBURY

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX44NE/3/4

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • LIGHT ANTI AIRCRAFT BATTERY (World War II - 1939 AD to 1945 AD (Between))

Full description

Dobinson, C. S., Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV160625.

In may 1943 two bofors 40mm aa guns are documented at renney battery (dobinson).


APH, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV160626.

Emplacement recorded on raf 1946 ap (aph).


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV160627.

Des=plymouth fortress survey/pye, a.(12/12/1991)/copy and plans in parish file.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV160628.

Dobinson, c.(cba)/20th century fortifications in england/i.4(1996)800-1/anti-aircraft artillery 1914-46/site gazetteer:laa.


Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV160629.

Aph=raf/cpe/uk/1890/3109/(10/12/1946)/smr 57/102.


PLYMOUTH FORTRESS SURVEY, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV27236.

Vis=12/12/1991 (pye). Semi-circular platform with masonry and concrete retaining walls at front (south) and rear. Rear wall contains ammunition cupboards. Entered by stairwell to west. Probably site of one of two bofors 40mm aa guns installed in 1943 to protect renney battery from strafing. On os 1963 1:2500 (plan sx4948) (plymouth fortress survey).


Royal Air Force, 1945, RAF/106G/UK/871, RAF/106G/UK/871 6117-6118 30-SEP-1945 (Aerial Photograph). SDV351258.

An inverted D-shaped sunken platform is visible as a possibly stone or concrete revetted earthwork terrace.


Next Perspectives, 2007, Pan Government Agreement Aerial Photographs, Next Perspectives PGA Imagery SX4949 22-MAY-2007 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349355.

The platform remains visible as a structure or earthwork but is somewhat overgrown.


Ordnance Survey, 2013, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV350786.

The sunken emplacement is depicted.


Hegarty, C. + Knight, S. + Sims, R., 2013-2014, South Devon Coast Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey National Mapping Programme Project (Interpretation). SDV351146.

The possible site of a Second World War Light Anti-Aircraft Artillery gun emplacement is visible on aerial photographs of 1945 as an inverted D-shaped sunken earthwork platform approximately 7 metres in diameter, immediately to the west of Renney Battery. The internal faces of the sunken platform appear very clear and pale, supporting the interpretation that the platform is revetted with stone or concrete. A rectangular structure visible approximately 3 metres west of the platform may be associated with the possible emplacement. The platform remains visible on digital images derived from aerial photographs taken in 2007 and is partly depicted on the current Ordnance Survey digital base mapping. The rectangular structure is not visible and has probably been demolished. A similar emplacement is visible on aerial photographs of 1945 to the north-west of Renney Battery.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV160625Migrated Record: Dobinson, C. S..
SDV160626Migrated Record: APH.
SDV160627Migrated Record:
SDV160628Migrated Record:
SDV160629Aerial Photograph:
SDV27236Migrated Record: PLYMOUTH FORTRESS SURVEY.
SDV349355Aerial Photograph: Next Perspectives. 2007. Pan Government Agreement Aerial Photographs. Pan Government Agreement Aerial Photographs. Digital. Next Perspectives PGA Imagery SX4949 22-MAY-2007.
SDV350786Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2013. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV351146Interpretation: Hegarty, C. + Knight, S. + Sims, R.. 2013-2014. South Devon Coast Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey National Mapping Programme Project. AC Archaeology Report. Digital.
Linked documents:1
SDV351258Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1945. RAF/106G/UK/871. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/106G/UK/871 6117-6118 30-SEP-1945.

Associated Monuments

MDV13723Part of: Renney Battery (Building)
MDV43576Related to: Second World War Light Anti-Aircraft Artillery Emplacement at Renney Camp (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:May 22 2014 5:22PM