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HER Number:MDV57779
Name:Tide Ball Northeast of Yell Pool, Braunton Burrows

Summary

Tide Ball northeast of Yell Pool, visible on aerial photographs taken in 1945 as a small structure on a rail-type construction, but lost to coastal erosion by 1989, although remains may survive on the foreshore.

Location

Grid Reference:SS 455 326
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/267
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • NAVIGATION AID (XVIII to XXI - 1751 AD to 2009 AD (Between))

Full description

Devon County Council, 1838-1848, Tithe Mosaic, approximately 1838-1848 (Cartographic). SDV349431.

'Small light' is depicted at this location.


Ordnance Survey, 1906, 12NW (Cartographic). SDV335642.

'Tide Ball. Low Light (Fixed, Red & White)' is marked on the Second Edition Ordnance Survey 6 inch map.


Royal Air Force, 1945, RAF/106G/LA/102, NMR RAF/106G/LA/102 5014-5015 17-JAN-1945 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349060.

A small square structure is visible, on a linear rail-like structure.


Ordnance Survey, 1971, Untitled Source (Cartographic). SDV47151.

The tide ball is not shown on the Ordnance Survey (1971) 6 inch map.


Ordnance Survey, 1989, OS/89115, NMR OS/89115 240-241 04-MAY-1989 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349086.

The site has been lost to coastal erosion.


Goddard, S. + Todd, M., 2005, Medieval Rudge, Morchard Bishop (Article in Serial). SDV344644.


Collings, A. G. + Manning, P. T. + Valentin, J., 2007, The North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Phase 1. Archaeological Survey. Summary Report, No. 1550 (Report - Assessment). SDV339712.

"Tide Ball low light (fixed, red & white)" marked on 6" (1906) map; not shown on 6" (1971) map.


Passmore, A. J., 2009, Braunton Burrows Higher Level Environmental Stewardship Scheme. Archaeological Survey 2009, 3 (Report - Survey). SDV344652.

Visited 2009. Nothing was visible in this area. The NGR for this site places the structure on the foreshore, some 20-30 metres from the shoreline. Concrete and rubble debris on the beach at SS4552532625 may relate to this structure. 'Small Light' marked on 1841 Tithe Map. 'The Low Light' and 'Tide Ball' depicted on Ordnance Survey 1891 map.


Hegarty, C. + Knight, S., 2011 - 2012, North Devon Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty National Mapping Programme Project (Interpretation). SDV349018.

The low light is visible as a structure, circa 5 metres square, on aerial photographs taken in 1945, and appears to be on a rail-type structure which is aligned at right angles to the shore and juts out of the edge of the dunes. It is not visible on aerial photographs taken in 1989 when this area has been lost to coastal erosion, although remains may survive on the foreshore.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV335642Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1906. 12NW. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 6 inch Map. Map (Paper).
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. 1550.
SDV344644Article in Serial: Goddard, S. + Todd, M.. 2005. Medieval Rudge, Morchard Bishop. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 63. Paperback Volume.
SDV344652Report - Survey: Passmore, A. J.. 2009. Braunton Burrows Higher Level Environmental Stewardship Scheme. Archaeological Survey 2009. Exeter Archaeology Report. 09.113. A4 Stapled + Digital. 3.
SDV349018Interpretation: Hegarty, C. + Knight, S.. 2011 - 2012. North Devon Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty National Mapping Programme Project. AC Archaeology Report. ACD383/2/1. Digital.
Linked documents:1
SDV349060Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1945. RAF/106G/LA/102. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). NMR RAF/106G/LA/102 5014-5015 17-JAN-1945. [Mapped feature: #95878 ]
SDV349086Aerial Photograph: Ordnance Survey. 1989. OS/89115. Ordnance Survey Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). NMR OS/89115 240-241 04-MAY-1989.
SDV349431Cartographic: Devon County Council. 1838-1848. Tithe Mosaic, approximately 1838-1848. Digitised Tithe Map. Digital.
SDV47151Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1971. Ordnance Survey 6 inch map. Unknown.

Associated Monuments

MDV57780Related to: Footpath from the Tide Ball to Bideford Bar Lighthouse, Braunton Burrows (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4737 - Stewardship Scheme Archaeological Survey, Braunton Burrows
  • EDV6132 - North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty NMP Project

Date Last Edited:Jul 7 2017 12:35PM