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HER Number:MDV70200
Name:Zig-zag trench near St Michael's Bungalow, Okehampton

Summary

Earthworks of a zig-zag trench near the bungalow were considered for scheduling in 2015, but were declined.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 591 936
Map Sheet:SX59SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishOkehampton Hamlets
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishOKEHAMPTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX59SE/234

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • TRENCH (XIX to XX - 1850 AD to 1950 AD? (Between))

Full description

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

Earthwork remains of a zig-zag trench formation, St Michael's Bungalow, SX59119 93657.


Probert, S. A. J., 2004, Okehampton Castle and Park, West Devon: Survey Report, Check large scale plan (Report - Survey). SDV324949.

Military remains on East Hill. Surveyed by in 2003. SX5927 9369.


Historic England, 2015, Okehampton Artillery Range: Various Practice Trenches (Schedule Document). SDV359238.

These trenches are not recommended for scheduling, for the following principal reasons:
Period: at present there is not sufficient evidence to securely date these features; however, they
probably date to the mid-C20 and, in comparison to the other earlier scheduled trench systems in
England, these networks of trenches do not demonstrate the same level of intactness or variety;
Survival: although still discernible, the remains of the trenches are relatively fragmentary;
Group value: although there is not sufficient evidence to support scheduling at this time, the earthworks have strong group value with the other related military training features and form part of the historic development and context of the range.
CONCLUSION
The remains of trenches at Blackdown Hill and St Michael's Bungalow have strong local interest as part of the historic development of the Okehampton Artillery Range. However, despite forming part of this
nationally important range, there is not sufficient evidence at present to demonstrate they are nationally important in their own right and therefore do not warrant scheduling.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV324949Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J.. 2004. Okehampton Castle and Park, West Devon: Survey Report. English Heritage Report. AI/03/2004. A4 Stapled + Digital. Check large scale plan.
SDV359222Report - Survey: Francis, P.. 2002. Okehampton Artillery Range. A4 Comb Bound. 29. [Mapped feature: #45788 ]
SDV359238Schedule Document: Historic England. 2015. Okehampton Artillery Range: Various Practice Trenches. Reject at Initial Assessment Letter. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV20315Related to: Medieval Field System, Okehampton Park (Monument)
MDV14219Related to: Okehampton Deer Park. Okehampton Hamlets (Park/Garden)
MDV64026Related to: Okehampton Royal Artillery Training Camp (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV3474 - Earthwork survey of Okehampton Castle and Park

Date Last Edited:Oct 16 2015 12:39PM