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HER Number:MDV51208
Name:Observation Post (22) at East Okement Farm, Okehampton Hamlets

Summary

Observation Post 22 is situated on the crest of the ridge separating the East Okement River and the Blackaven Brook. The post, adjacent to the military ring road, lies 25 metres south of a small unnamed tor and just outside the south-west corner of East Okement Farm. Decsision made not to schedule in 2015.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 600 911
Map Sheet:SX69SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishOkehampton Hamlets
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX69SW/279

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • OBSERVATION POST (XX - 1923 AD to 1924 AD (Between))

Full description

Mills. D., 1993, Live Firing at Okehampton Military Camp
ilitary Camp
(Personal Comment). SDV223291.



The feature comprises an observing shelter of precast concrete blocks protected on its w, n and e sides by a large mound of turf boulders. The shelter measures 14.5m long and approximately 2.0m wide with a height of 2.2m. It is divided into seven bays with two further bays containing entrances at either end. Five of these bays are deliberately blocked apart from a small observing slit at the top. The two western bays have shuttered windows. The sub-rectangular protective mound measures 25.0m e to w by 7.8m and stands a maximum of 3.6m high on the w. Its w, n and e extremities are retained by a coursed boulder revetment up to 1.9m high. A range pole and iron chimney flue protrude through the top of the mound. It possesses a commanding view to the s and remains in sue as an artillery observation post. The origin of this feature is not certain though many of the op's on Okehampton range are thought to date from the early c20 (major d. Mills pers. Comm. )


Probert, S. A. J., 1993, Royal Commission for Historic Monuments Field Investigation (Report - Survey). SDV361796.

The feature comprises an observing shelter of precast concrete blocks protected on its west, north and east sides by a large mound of turf boulders. The shelter measures 14.5 metres long and approximately 2.0 metres wide with a height of 2.2 metres. It is divided into seven bays with two further bays containing entrances at either end. Five of these bays are deliberately blocked apart from a small observing slit at the top. The two western bays have shuttered windows. The sub-rectangular protective mound measures 25.0 metres east to west by 7.8 metres and stands a maximum of 3.6 metres high on the west. Its west, north and east extremities are retained by a coursed boulder revetment up to 1.9 metres high. A range pole and iron chimney flue protrude through the top of the mound. It possesses a commanding view to the south and remains in situ as an artillery observation post. The origin of this feature is not certain though many of the observation posts on the Okehampton range are thought to date from the early 20th cantury.


Francis, P., 2002, Okehampton Artillery Range, 13, plate 37 (Report - Survey). SDV359222.

Observation Post 22. Built by W. J. Avery under the authority of WO Southern 25/129 (FW3) dated 17 September 1923 and completed during March 1924 at a cost of £462. This was an observation post for 16 officers under instruction. It is now used as range control and stock clearer shelter and as such, it has a dividing wall inside to create separate office and stable accommodation. In September 1998, the Post was faced with granite by 511 STRE under the guidance of Wilf Hatchings. An additional window was added in March 2002.


English Heritage, 2015, Okehampton Artillery Range: Various Observation Posts (Schedule Document). SDV359220.

Observation Post 22 is situated on the crest of the ridge separating the East Okement River and the Blackaven Brook. The post, adjacent to the military ring road, lies 25 metres south of a small unnamed tor and just outside the south-west corner of East Okement Farm. Not considered of good enough quality to justify Scheduling.


Ordnance Survey, 2018, MasterMap 2018 (Cartographic). SDV360652.

'Observation Post' shown on modern mapping as a small rectangular building.


National Monument Record, 2018, Pastscape, 893379, SX69SW62 (Website). SDV360651.

Observation Post Number 22 on a firing range, probably early 20th century.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV223291Personal Comment: Mills. D.. 1993. Live Firing at Okehampton Military Camp ilitary Camp.
SDV359220Schedule Document: English Heritage. 2015. Okehampton Artillery Range: Various Observation Posts. Reject at Initial Assessment Letter. Digital.
SDV359222Report - Survey: Francis, P.. 2002. Okehampton Artillery Range. A4 Comb Bound. 13, plate 37.
SDV360651Website: National Monument Record. 2018. Pastscape. http://www.pastscape.org.uk. Website. 893379, SX69SW62.
SDV360652Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2018. MasterMap 2018. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #93916 ]
SDV361796Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J.. 1993. Royal Commission for Historic Monuments Field Investigation. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Archaeological Survey.

Associated Monuments

MDV113506Related to: Observation Post (15) on Okement Hill, Okehampton Hamlets (Monument)
MDV113126Related to: Observation Post (16) and Flanking Target Butts to north-east of Okement Hill, Dartmoor Forest (Building)
MDV113507Related to: Observation Post (17) south-west of Steeperton Gorge, Okehampton Hamlets (Monument)
MDV113553Related to: Observation Post (19) at Oxhead, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV113555Related to: Observation Post (21) east of Black Tor, Okehampton Hamlets (Monument)
MDV54151Related to: Observation Post (3) between High Willhays and East Mill Tor, Okehampton Hamlets (Monument)
MDV113530Related to: Observation Post (6) east of East Mill Tor, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV113118Related to: Observation Post (7) on East Mill Tor, Dartmoor Forest (Building)
MDV113516Related to: Shelter at East Okement Farm, Okehampton Hamlets (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Oct 5 2018 12:17PM