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HER Number:MDV51290
Name:Loopholed wall at North Devon Cricket Ground


A loopholed wall at North Devon Cricket Ground. The loopholes are located at the junction of the sea wall overlooking the beach and are blocked-up on the seaward side. The wall is visible on aerial photographs from 1945 to 2010 and it was probably modified to accommodate the Second World War emergency coastal battery in the north-west part of the cricket ground. The loopholes may also have been inserted. The seawall appears to survive although repair and renewal may have impacted on the original fabric.


Grid Reference:SS 473 313
Map Sheet:SS43SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishInstow
DistrictNorth Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishINSTOW

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS43SE/250

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • LOOPHOLED WALL (XVIII to XXI - 1751 AD to 2009 AD)

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV2244.

Vis=7/5/1994 (horner) loopholed wall at instow cricket ground. At junction of sea wall and wall running back ne to the pavilion, there are a pair of loop-holes in the sea wall, overlooking the beach. Blocked-up on the seaward side (horner).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV66508.

Des=horner, b. /(10/5/1994)/as above.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV66509.

Des=slide/(7/5/1994)/in smr.

Royal Air Force, 1945, RAF/106G/LA/102, NMR RAF/106G/LA/102 5001-5002 17-JAN-1945 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349060.

A wall is visible flanking the open faces of the emplacements of the coastal battery.

Royal Air Force, 1960, RAF/543/1017, NMR RAF/543/1017 PSFO-0089 SS4731/1 10-AUG-1960 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349659.

The wall is clearly visible but it appears continuous around the more southerly emplacement.

Next Perspectives, 2010, Next Perspectives PGA Tile Ref:, Next Perspectives PGA Tile Ref: SS4731 08-APR-2010 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349899.

The wall is visible as a structure.

Hegarty, C. + Knight, S., 2011-2012, North Devon Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty National Mapping Programme Project (Interpretation). SDV349018.

The sea wall around North Devon Cricket Ground, approximately 320 metres in length, is visible on aerial photographs from the 1940s to 2010. The wall was is probably cut through by the Second World War emergency coastal battery, as one emplacement is flanked by and protrudes north of the wall, whilst the other appears to face out of a flanked opening in the wall at approximately SS4734831376. The opening appears to have been blocked by 1960 when it is visible on aerial photographs as a continuous curved boundary. It is probably part of the same construction as a part of the sea wall visited in 1994 and found to have two loopholes overlooking the estuary, at approximately SS4742331242. The wall appears to survive as an extant structure, although its condition is not known and it may have had several phases of repair and renewal affecting the original fabric.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV2244Migrated Record:
SDV349018Interpretation: Hegarty, C. + Knight, S.. 2011-2012. North Devon Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty National Mapping Programme Project. AC Archaeology Report. ACD383/2/1. Digital.
Linked documents:1
SDV349060Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1945. RAF/106G/LA/102. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). NMR RAF/106G/LA/102 5001-5002 17-JAN-1945. [Mapped features: #93938 ; #93939 ]
SDV349659Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1960. RAF/543/1017. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). NMR RAF/543/1017 PSFO-0089 SS4731/1 10-AUG-1960.
SDV349899Aerial Photograph: Next Perspectives. 2010. Next Perspectives PGA Tile Ref:. Pan Government Agreement Aerial Photographs. Digital. Next Perspectives PGA Tile Ref: SS4731 08-APR-2010.
SDV66508Migrated Record:
SDV66509Migrated Record:

Associated Monuments

MDV39540Related to: Instow Emergency Battery (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6132 - North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty NMP Project (Ref: ACD383/2/1)

Date Last Edited:Sep 25 2023 9:51AM