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HER Number:MDV54151
Name:Observation Post (3) between High Willhays and East Mill Tor, Okehampton Hamlets


Observation Post 3; one of 22 posts constructed around the Range to ensure safety during training, but also for observing artillery fire and controlling targets. Remains consist of a stone-and-turf shelter. Not considered of good enough condition for Scheduling.


Grid Reference:SX 590 897
Map Sheet:SX58NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishOkehampton Hamlets
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishOKEHAMPTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX58NE/67

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • OBSERVATION POST (XIX to XX - 1850 AD to 1920 AD (Between))

Full description

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

'Observation Post' recorded on (1965) historic map as a small rectangular building.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Interpretation). SDV319854.

Not visible on Ministry of Defence 1990 aerial photograph (003/V1/TPRU/RAF/2147, 25/12/1990).

Francis, P., 2002, Okehampton Artillery Range, 12, plate 29 (Report - Survey). SDV359222.

Observation Post 3. Located at Curtery Clitters, just north of 'E' datum point. Only surviving timber-framed observation post with thick-section timber posts and beams and wall cladding. Roof and outer wall cladding is a mixture of concrete and drystone granite block, the whole structure is covered with a thin layer of earth and grass. Along the front elevation is a half-height reinforced concrete blast wall with hand rail. SX59091 89728.

GeoInformation Group Ltd, 2010, 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution) (Aerial Photograph). SDV346026.

Site of the observation post visible on the aerial photography.

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

Observation Posts 3, 15, 17 and 22 are not recommended for scheduling for the following principal
Survival: they do not survive as well as similar structures on this range, having undergone a greater
level of alterations. They are also not as closely related to other artillery range features.
Group value: although not of sufficient national importance in their own right, the structures have group value with the other related military training features and form part of the Range's historical development and context.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV319854Interpretation: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV346026Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. Digital. [Mapped feature: #94790 ]
SDV352727Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1953-1969. 1953-1969 National Grid OS A edition imperial. Digital Mapping. Digital.
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. 12, plate 29.

Associated Monuments

MDV39669Related to: County boundary stone east of High Willhays (Monument)
MDV52757Related to: Observation Post (1) north of New Bridge, 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)
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)
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)
MDV51208Related to: Observation Post (22) at East Okement Farm, 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 12 2018 1:00PM