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HER Number:MDV53280
Name:Directional Finding Station, Poltimore

Summary

A T-shaped building surrounded by four masts and several associated smaller structures and earthwork embanked or ditched features of probable Second World War date were visible on aerial photographs of the 1940s on a level saddle of land to the east of Poltimore. The site was probably created as Air Ministry Direction Finding Station when Exeter Airport became an Area Control Centre for air traffic control in 1939. The central structure remains visible on digital images derived from aerial photographs of 2010 but the masts and smaller features have been removed. The eastern edge of the site has also been cut by the route of the M5 motorway.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 971 968
Map Sheet:SX99NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishPoltimore
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishPOLTIMORE

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX99NE/87

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • RADAR BEACON (World War II - 1939 AD to 1945 AD (Between))

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV84920.

A solitary l-shaped military building at above ngr. Possibly radio/telecommunications station associated with exeter airfield (sx99se/159). M5 now cuts past e side of this building (hellis).


1971, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV97085.

Single military building set in centre of square arrangement of four radio/telecommunications masts visible on raf 1947 ap. This building is marked on the os 1:10,000 (1971) map (horner).


Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV97086.

Aph=raf/cpe/uk/1974/1454/(11/04/1947)smr 37/18.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV97087.

Des=horner, b. / (23/12/1994)/ as above.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV97088.

Des=os 1:10,000 (1971).


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV97089.

Des=hellis, j. / (20/12/1994)/ as above.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV97090.

Des=hellis, j. /gazetteer of defensive sites/jh/01711.


Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/CPE/UK/1823, RAF/CPE/UK/1823 RS 4091-4092 04-NOV-1946 (Aerial Photograph). SDV354994.

A military site of Second World War was visible. Map object based partly on this source.


Horner, W., 1995, The RAF/ROC HQ at Poltimore Park, 4 (Un-published). SDV354443.


Francis, P., 1999, Exeter Airport. Historic Airport Survey for Devon County Council & East Devon District Council, 116 (Report - non-specific). SDV323390.

Air Ministry Direction Finding Station. This building is thought to be the Direction Finding station erected in 1939, when Exeter Airport became an Area Control Centre for ait traffic control. The Royal Air Force used it during World War II as a receiving station.
It appears to be in remarkably good condition, although close inspection was not possible. The slate-coverd, hipped roof appears to be sound, and the window frames are original. It is now used as a barn, and has a large opening in the receiving plant room. This originally had double doors, but these are now missing. Other details: Plate 41.


Next Perspectives, 2010, Aerial Photography for Great Britain, Next Perspectives PGA Imagery SX9796 22-MAY-2010 (Aerial Photograph). SDV356259.

The central structure remained visible but all other features had been removed.


Ordnance Survey, 2010, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV344030.

Map object based partly on this Source.


Hegarty, C. + Knight, S. + Sims, R., 2014-2015, East and Mid Devon River Catchments National Mapping Programme Project (Interpretation). SDV356883.

A T-shaped building surrounded by four masts and several smaller structures of probable Second World War date were visible on aerial photographs of the 1940s on a level saddle of land to the east of Poltimore. The masts were spaced roughly 98 metres apart, defining a square at the centre of which the T-shaped structure is located. Smaller structures were visible equidistant between the northern, western and southern pairs of masts. Rectangular structures and an embanked feature 6 to 8 metres long were visible south of the structure, as is a similar sized depression or pit. The function of these structures is not known, but the earthwork embanked feature might be evidence of a sunken air raid shelter. A shallow depression circa 10 metres square could also be seen at circa SX97199684. The central structure remains visible on digital images derived from aerial photographs of 2010 and depicted on the current Ordnance Survey Mastermap base layers, but the masts and smaller features have been removed. Only a possible concrete footing remained visible at circa SX97159685. The eastern edge of the site has also been cut by the route of the M5 motorway.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV323390Report - non-specific: Francis, P.. 1999. Exeter Airport. Historic Airport Survey for Devon County Council & East Devon District Council. Airfield Research Publishing Report. Digital + A4. 116.
SDV344030Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2010. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital).
SDV354443Un-published: Horner, W.. 1995. The RAF/ROC HQ at Poltimore Park. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. 4.
SDV354994Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/CPE/UK/1823. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/CPE/UK/1823 RS 4091-4092 04-NOV-1946.
SDV356259Aerial Photograph: Next Perspectives. 2010. Aerial Photography for Great Britain. Aerial Photography for Great Britain Aerial Photographs. Digital. Next Perspectives PGA Imagery SX9796 22-MAY-2010.
SDV356883Interpretation: Hegarty, C. + Knight, S. + Sims, R.. 2014-2015. East and Mid Devon River Catchments National Mapping Programme Project. AC Archaeology Report. Digital.
SDV84920Migrated Record:
SDV97085Migrated Record: 1971.
SDV97086Aerial Photograph:
SDV97087Migrated Record:
SDV97088Migrated Record:
SDV97089Migrated Record:
SDV97090Migrated Record:

Associated Monuments

MDV48842Related to: Exeter Airfield (Military) (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4774 - Historic Airport Survey, Exeter Airport
  • EDV6530 - The East and Mid-Devon Rivers Catchment NMP project (Ref: ACD613)

Date Last Edited:Apr 21 2016 11:39AM