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HER Number:MDV55081
Name:Branscombe Radar Station


Number 13 radar station was established at Branscombe in July 1940. Part of the Chain Home radar system.


Grid Reference:SY 170 903
Map Sheet:SY19SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBranscombe
Civil ParishSidmouth
Civil ParishSouthleigh
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishCOLYTON
Ecclesiastical ParishSALCOMBE REGIS
Ecclesiastical ParishBRANSCOMBE

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SY19SE/153

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Jewell, T., 07/11/1995, Branscombe Radar Station (Personal Comment). SDV356978.

A toilet block of wartime origin has been recently demolished at the garage on the north side of the road in Salcombe Regis parish. The garage owner recalls that the United States military was involved with the site at one time.

Horner, W., 08/11/1995, No 13 Radar Station, Branscombe (Worksheet). SDV356977.

The site is recorded on RAF 1947 aerial photographs and appears to be a fairly typical west coast Chain Home site with two receiver towers and four transmitter masts and associated transmitter/receiver blocks, guard huts, accommodation and administration huts. The extent of the site is plotted on the SMR overlay. A number of buildings still standing in Southleigh and Salcombe Regis parishes, in the area of Kings Down Tail farm, may be surviving elements of the site. The Ordnance Survey 6 inch (1963) map for the area also indicates transmitter blocks etc surviving at this date.

RAF, 1947, CPE/UK 1974, 4480 (Aerial Photograph). SDV119506.

APH RAF/CPE/UK/1974/4480/(11/04/1947)/SMR 38/75. Other details: 38/75.

Wasley, G., 1994, Devon at War 1939-1945, 53 (Monograph). SDV165766.

Number 13 radar station was established at Branscombe in July 1940. Part of the Chain Home radar system.

Dobinson, C. S., 2000, Acoustics and radar, 161 (Report - non-specific). SDV325097.

No 13 Chain Home radar station. Earliest documentation 18/4/1941.

Exeter Archaeology, 2003-2004, East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Archaeological Survey, 251 (Archive - Survey). SDV351568.

Radar Station established in 1940. Site visible on 1947 aerial photos. A number of buildings still standing in area of Kings Down Tail Farm may be related (SY1710 9063) including to west of farm and north of road (SY1695 9054).

Passmore, M. + Passmore, A., 2011, Royal Air Force Air Defence Radar Station Branscombe, 4 (Leaflet). SDV347307.

RAF Branscombe developed in stages from a mobile unit, through an intermediate stage, to the final station (a photograph illustrates a structure that is believed to be from the intermediate phase). Six buildings on the technical site, some with internal fitments, have survived, as have structures on the administrative and domestic sites, and although they have been put to new uses their general condition is such that they provide a clear insight into their one-time function.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV119506Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1947. CPE/UK 1974. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. 4480.
SDV165766Monograph: Wasley, G.. 1994. Devon at War 1939-1945. Devon at War. Hardback Volume. 53.
SDV325097Report - non-specific: Dobinson, C. S.. 2000. Acoustics and radar. Twentieth Century Fortifications in England. VII. A4 Stapled + Digital. 161.
SDV347307Leaflet: Passmore, M. + Passmore, A.. 2011. Royal Air Force Air Defence Radar Station Branscombe. A Brief Introduction to Twentieth Century Military and Civil Defence Archae. 34. A4 Folded + digital. 4.
SDV351568Archive - Survey: Exeter Archaeology. 2003-2004. East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Archaeological Survey. East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Archaeological Survey. Digital + Mixed Archive Material. 251.
SDV356977Worksheet: Horner, W.. 08/11/1995. No 13 Radar Station, Branscombe. Defence of Britain Project. Worksheet + Digital.
SDV356978Personal Comment: Jewell, T.. 07/11/1995. Branscombe Radar Station. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV72372Parent of: Branscombe, Radar Towers (Monument)
MDV80115Parent of: Generator House, RAF Branscombe Radar Station (Monument)
MDV78412Parent of: Guardroom at RAF Branscombe Radar Station (Monument)
MDV55082Parent of: Mess Hall and Possible Accommodation Block at RAF Branscombe Radar Station (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jun 4 2019 2:08PM