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HER Number:MDV56481
Name:Special Purpose Building, Dunkeswell Airfield


Site of a group of buildings visible on the 1940s RAF aerial photo. Three of the buildings were huts built from prefabricated asbestos sheeting, of which one was still standing in 1995. The bases of the structures were still extant in 1999-2000 but have now gone. The site and the trackway are visible as cropmarks on more recent aerial photos.


Grid Reference:ST 127 076
Map Sheet:ST10NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishDunkeswell
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishDUNKESWELL

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: ST10NW/41/21

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • MILITARY BUILDING (World War II - 1939 AD (Between) to 1945 AD (Between))

Full description

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

A discrete complex of four structures is visible at the end of a curving trackway extending from the runway. Three of the structures appear to be of the same construction, the fourth on the south side is longer with a concrete base alongside.

Francis, P., 1995, Blackdown Hills Airfield Survey. Dunkeswell and Upottery, No. 14 (Report - Survey). SDV312951.

Special purpose building. Construction: Arched shaped asbestos sheeting fixed to brick kerb, by Turners Asbestos Company Ltd. Originally one of three on this site. It appears to be in good condition and is used by the farmer. This form of prefabricated hutting is now very rare.

GetMapping, 1999 - 2000, Millennium Map 1999-2000 Getmapping (Aerial Photograph). SDV321648.

Remains of the structures are visible, the trackway rather overgrown. The structure on the west side of the complex may be that referred to by Francis.

Bluesky, 2006 - 2007, Bluesky aerial photographs 2006 - 2007 (Aerial Photograph). SDV341189.

Only the bases appear to be still extant. The trackway also appears clearly.

Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC, 2015 onwards, 2015 onward Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV362959.

The structures are no longer extant. The site of the bases and the trackway are visible as cropmarks.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV312951Report - Survey: Francis, P.. 1995. Blackdown Hills Airfield Survey. Dunkeswell and Upottery. Blackdown Hills AONB. Digital + A4. No. 14.
SDV321648Aerial Photograph: GetMapping. 1999 - 2000. Millennium Map 1999-2000 Getmapping. Millennium Map. Photograph (Digital).
SDV341189Aerial Photograph: Bluesky. 2006 - 2007. Bluesky aerial photographs 2006 - 2007. Bluesky. Photograph (Digital).
SDV342938Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 - 1949. Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Digital).
SDV362959Aerial Photograph: Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. 2015 onwards. 2015 onward Aerial Photographs. Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. Photograph (Digital).

Associated Monuments

MDV45090Part of: Dunkeswell Airfield (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4948 - Blackdown Hills Airfield Survey

Date Last Edited:Jun 21 2023 6:19PM