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HER Number:MDV57350
Name:American Road, Braunton Burrows

Summary

American Road, main access to the Assault Training Centre

Location

Grid Reference:SS 464 336
Map Sheet:SS43SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBraunton
DistrictNorth Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBRAUNTON

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthworks and structural remains of World War II military training features for D-Day Landings on Braunton Burrows

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS43SE/264/13
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Unknown, 1944, Roads and Training Aids: U.S. Assault Training Center (Un-published). SDV339604.

The road network of the Assault Training Centre, complete with grades, is recorded on the original U.S. Army plans.


Nature Conservancy Council, 1989, Braunton Burrows Habitat Map (Cartographic). SDV339613.


Bass, R. T., 1992, Spirits of the Sand, 92 (Monograph). SDV339609.

The "American Road". Built by U.S. Army in 1943. Steel mesh pegged deep into sand over a bitumen layer. Was the main access road to the Assault Training Centre.


Chugg, B., 1994, Untitled Source (Correspondence). SDV339615.


Bass, R. T., 1996, Guide to the US Assault Training Centre North Devon (Un-published). SDV325695.


Horner, B., 1997, Untitled Source (Personal Comment). SDV339691.

Runs from just north of SS46343500, Sandy Lane, to Broadsands Beach, SS46503255. Patches of exposed metal mesh are visible in places.


Collings, A. G. + Manning, P. T. + Valentin, J., 2007, The North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Phase 1. Archaeological Survey. Summary Report, No. 1668 (Report - Assessment). SDV339712.

The "american road". Built by US army in 1943. Steel mesh pegged into sand over bitumen. Was main access road to assault training centre. Runs from just north of ss46343500, Sandy Lane, to Broadsands Beach, ss46503255. Patches of exposed mesh visible.


Passmore, A. + Knight, S., 2009, Farm Environment Plan (FEP), Updated Spreadsheet of Archaeological Sites (Un-published). SDV344664.

Visited 2009. Some further mesh visible in modern ditch section towards the south end of the road.
At the north end (south of Sandy Lane Car Park) the track is used extensively by the military and has suffered more erosion than further to the south. Some patching using building rubble has taken place.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV325695Un-published: Bass, R. T.. 1996. Guide to the US Assault Training Centre North Devon. Manuscript.
SDV339604Un-published: Unknown. 1944. Roads and Training Aids: U.S. Assault Training Center. U.S. Plans from R.T.Bass. Mixed Archive Material + Digital.
SDV339609Monograph: Bass, R. T.. 1992. Spirits of the Sand. Spirits of the Sand. Unknown. 92.
SDV339613Cartographic: Nature Conservancy Council. 1989. Braunton Burrows Habitat Map. Photocopy + Digital.
SDV339615Correspondence: Chugg, B.. 1994. Letter.
SDV339691Personal Comment: Horner, B.. 1997. Not Applicable.
SDV339712Report - Assessment: Collings, A. G. + Manning, P. T. + Valentin, J.. 2007. The North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Phase 1. Archaeological Survey. Summary Report. Exeter Archaeology Report. 06.22 (rev.1). A4 Stapled + Digital. No. 1668.
SDV344664Un-published: Passmore, A. + Knight, S.. 2009. Farm Environment Plan (FEP), Updated Spreadsheet of Archaeological Sites. Exeter Archaeology Report. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV57283Part of: Braunton Areas A, B, C and D of US Assault Training Centre (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4737 - Stewardship Scheme Archaeological Survey, Braunton Burrows

Date Last Edited:Jul 7 2017 12:35PM