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HER Number:MDV52757
Name:Observation Post (1) north of New Bridge, Dartmoor Forest

Summary

Site of Observation Post 1. One of 22 posts in Okehampton Artillery Range. Depicted on the historic maps; now demolished.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 597 904
Map Sheet:SX59SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX59SE/31
  • Pastscape: 895465

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • OBSERVATION POST (XIX to XX - 1850 AD to 1950 AD (Between))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1946 - 1949, Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV342938.

Visible on the aerial photography.


Ordnance Survey, 1953-1969, 1953-1969 National Grid OS A edition imperial (Cartographic). SDV352727.

'Observation Post' shown on 1965 historic map as a small circular feature


Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England, 1993-1998, Dartmoor Royal Forest Project, 10/8/1993 (Report - Survey). SDV346608.

The remains of a former military structure located on the steep slope above the right bank of the Blackaven Brook 130 metres north-east of New Bridge (MDV11811). All that now remians is a rectangular stoney platform measuring 11.0 metres north-east to south-west by 7.5 metres and 1.6 metres high on the west. Fragments of corrugated iron lie in the immediate area.
The origin of this feature is uncertain though most of the Observation Posts on Okehampton Range are thought to date from the early 20th century (Major D Mills, personal comment).


Francis, P., 2002, Okehampton Artillery Range, 27, Appendix 3 (Report - Survey). SDV359222.

OP 1, New Bridge, Demolished.


Probert, S. A. J., 2003-2004, Measured survey North Dartmoor Military Range, 02/02/2004 (Report - Survey). SDV350801.

This feature remains as described in 1993 though it is now completely grassed and all traces of metal have been removed or are obscured.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV342938Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 - 1949. Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Digital).
SDV346608Report - Survey: Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England. 1993-1998. Dartmoor Royal Forest Project. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Field/Recording In. Unknown. 10/8/1993.
SDV350801Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J.. 2003-2004. Measured survey North Dartmoor Military Range. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Archaeological Survey. Unknown. 02/02/2004.
SDV352727Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1953-1969. 1953-1969 National Grid OS A edition imperial. Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #113560 ]
SDV359222Report - Survey: Francis, P.. 2002. Okehampton Artillery Range. A4 Comb Bound. 27, Appendix 3.

Associated Monuments

MDV52750Related to: BUTTS in the Parish of Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV54153Related to: Observation Post (11) south of East Mill Tor, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV54156Related to: Observation Post (12) south of East Mill Tor, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV54155Related to: Observation Post (13) at Blackhaven Head, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV54157Related to: Observation Post (14) at Blackhaven Spur, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV113552Related to: Observation Post (18) at Steeperton Tor, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV113553Related to: Observation Post (19) at Oxhead, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV54158Related to: Observation Post (2) at Bog Hill, Okehampton Hamlets (Monument)
MDV113554Related to: Observation Post (20) at Dinger Tor, 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)
MDV54152Related to: Observation Post (4) by Black-a-Ven Brook, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV54154Related to: Observation Post (5) at Dinger Hill, Dartmoor Forest (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)
MDV113543Related to: Observation Post (8) at Deep Ford, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV113544Related to: Observation Post (9) at West Ravine, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV113546Related to: Observation Posts (10 North and South) at East Mill Tor, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7620 - Okehampton Artillary Range

Date Last Edited:Oct 5 2018 12:12PM