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HER Number:MDV50872
Name:Coastguard Lookout on South Down Common

Summary

A coastguard lookout is shown on 1963 map on South Down Common to the northwest of Beer Head. A structure is visible on aerial photographs of 1946 but no structural evidence can be seen on digital images derived from aerial photographs taken in 2012.

Location

Grid Reference:SY 224 879
Map Sheet:SY28NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBeer
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBEER AND SEATON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SY28NW/90

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • COASTGUARD STATION (XX - 1901 AD to 2000 AD (Between))

Full description

Freer, D, 04/2006, South Down Common, Beer Head, Devon (Report - Geophysical Survey). SDV359552.

A geophysical survey, using magnetometry, was conducted on three discrete areas on South Down Common, Beer Head, Devon. The purpose was to assess the archaeological potential of the location and to address concerns of erosion as part of a larger fieldwork project, this survey being part of the initial process.

Feature 8
A very strong linear pattern of high anomalies running northwest to southeast. From aerial photos (RAF, 13/4/46, 3208, 106G/UK, 1412) the position of a recently dismantled (1980s, Dr M Gillard pers comm.) coastguard station can be established which this feature appears to run directly to it suggesting a strong connection.


Ordnance Survey, 1906, 83SW (Cartographic). SDV335974.

Not shown on 1906 6 inch Ordnance Survey map.


Royal Air Force, 1946, 106G/UK/1412, 3208 (Aerial Photograph). SDV336108.

Small building visible on RAF aerial photograph of 1946.


Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/106G/UK/1412, RAF/106G/UK/1412 3199 13-APR-1946 (Aerial Photograph). SDV352504.

The lookout is visible as a structure possibly located on an area of hardstanding.


Ordnance Survey, 1963, SY28NW (Cartographic). SDV336135.

Coastguard Lookout marked on 1963 6 inch Ordnance Survey map.


Griffith, F. M., 1986, DAP/HF, 5,6 (Aerial Photograph). SDV336110.


Channel Coast Observatory, 2001-2012, Channel Coast Observatory Aerial Photography, Channel Coastal Observatory SY2287_20120917ortho.ecw 17-SEP-2012 (Aerial Photograph). SDV351226.

No evidence of the structure is visible.


Exeter Archaeology, 2003-2004, East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Archaeological Survey, Site No. 2803 (Archive - Survey). SDV351568.

On Ordnance Survey 1963 map.
SMR.


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

The possible coastguard lookout has been demolished and no evidence of the structure is visible on digital images derived aerial photographs of 2012.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV335974Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1906. 83SW. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 6 inch Map. Map (Paper).
SDV336108Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. 106G/UK/1412. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 3208.
SDV336110Aerial Photograph: Griffith, F. M.. 1986. DAP/HF. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 5,6.
SDV336135Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1963. SY28NW. Ordnance Survey 6 inch map. Map (Paper).
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
SDV351226Aerial Photograph: Channel Coast Observatory. 2001-2012. Channel Coast Observatory Aerial Photography. Channel Coast Observatory. Digital. Channel Coastal Observatory SY2287_20120917ortho.ecw 17-SEP-2012.
SDV351568Archive - Survey: Exeter Archaeology. 2003-2004. East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Archaeological Survey. East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Archaeological Survey. Digital + Mixed Archive Material. Site No. 2803.
SDV352504Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/106G/UK/1412. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/106G/UK/1412 3199 13-APR-1946. [Mapped feature: #93817 ]
SDV359552Report - Geophysical Survey: Freer, D. 04/2006. South Down Common, Beer Head, Devon. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV11097Related to: Admiralty Flag Signal Station, Beer Head (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6127 - Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey National Mapping Programme (NMP) for South-West England - South Coast Devon (Ref: ACD618)

Date Last Edited:Mar 24 2017 2:55PM