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HER Number:MDV71799
Name:Exeter, Site 4, AA Battery

Summary

An anti-aircraft site of Second World War date is visible as a range of structures and earthwork pit and banked feature on aerial photographs of 1944 onwards, at RAF Exeter, with which the site is associated. The last remaining evidence of the site has been completely demolished and cleared by 1999-2000.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 996 931
Map Sheet:SX99SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishClyst Honiton
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishCLYST HONITON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • LIGHT ANTI AIRCRAFT BATTERY (World War II - 1939 AD to 1945 AD (Between))

Full description

United States Airforce, 1944, US/7PH/GP/LOC252, US/7PH/GP/LOC252 RP 3014-15 20-MAR-1944 (Aerial Photograph). SDV358580.

The anti-aircraft battery is visible as a range of structures and earthwork pit and banked feature.


Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/106G/UK/1412, RAF/106G/UK/1412 RS 4430-31 13-APR-1946 (Aerial Photograph). SDV352504.

The anti-aircraft battery is visible as a range of structures and earthwork pit and banked feature.


Royal Air Force, 1947, RAF/CPE/UK/1974, RAF/CPE/UK/1974 FS 2459-60 11-APR-1947 (Aerial Photograph). SDV356127.

The anti-aircraft battery is visible as a range of structures.


Ordnance Survey, 1966, OS/66185 V, OS/66185 V 384-85 22-JUL-1966 (Aerial Photograph). SDV357577.

A single nut remains extant, all other evidence of the former site has been completely levelled.


Ordnance Survey, 1992, OS/92197, OS/92197 V 064-65 14-JUN-1992 (Aerial Photograph). SDV358952.

The hut is extant, but partly roofless.


Dobinson, C. S., 1996, Anti-aircraft artillery, 1914-46 (Monograph). SDV323690.

Light AA Battery at Site '4', Exeter. Equipped with a single 40mm Bofors gun on a MkII platform. Manned by 75 Regt, 303 Bty. Other details: AAI.


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

The hut has been completely demolished.


Bryant, A., 2007, East of Exeter Major Scheme Bid M5 Junction 29 and Old A30, Exeter, Devon: Historic Environment Desk-based Assessment, 8 (Report - Assessment). SDV345164.

Other details: Appendix 1, site 78.


Hegarty, C. + Knight, S. + Sims, R., 2014-2015, East and Mid Devon River Catchments National Mapping Programme Project (Interpretation). SDV356883.

An anti-aircraft site of Second World War date is visible as a range of structures and earthwork pit and banked feature on aerial photographs of 1944 onwards, at RAF Exeter, with which the site is associated. The site lies at the intersection of two field boundaries on the southern side of the airport. It comprises a number of pitched roof structures with an oval shaped earthwork pit of a probable gun pit measuring approximately 12.5m in length by 6.5m in width and flanked to the east and west by two earthwork banks. Aerial photographs of 1947 show the site is largely unchanged, although by 1966, with the exception of a single structure, has been completely levelled. The single remaining hut remains extant, albeit partly roofless, on aerial photographs up until 1992, although has been completely demolished and cleared by 1999-2000. The site of two anti-aircraft batteries are recorded within the vicinity here and it is unclear if these represent duplicate records or represent two separate sites, one being a replacement of the other, for example. The record for site MDV71807 appears to suggest it was a temporary site occupied between April to June 1941 and as such the features recorded here have been tentatively appended to MDV71799.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV345164Report - Assessment: Bryant, A.. 2007. East of Exeter Major Scheme Bid M5 Junction 29 and Old A30, Exeter, Devon: Historic Environment Desk-based Assessment. Wessex Archaeology Report. 63771.01. A4 Stapled + Digital. 8.
SDV323690Monograph: Dobinson, C. S.. 1996. Anti-aircraft artillery, 1914-46. Twentieth Century Fortifications in England. I.4. A4 Bound.
SDV358580Aerial Photograph: United States Airforce. 1944. US/7PH/GP/LOC252. United States Airforce. Photograph (Paper). US/7PH/GP/LOC252 RP 3014-15 20-MAR-1944.
SDV352504Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/106G/UK/1412. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/106G/UK/1412 RS 4430-31 13-APR-1946. [Mapped feature: #99748 ]
SDV356127Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1947. RAF/CPE/UK/1974. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/CPE/UK/1974 FS 2459-60 11-APR-1947.
SDV357577Aerial Photograph: Ordnance Survey. 1966. OS/66185 V. Ordnance Survey. Photograph (Paper). OS/66185 V 384-85 22-JUL-1966.
SDV358952Aerial Photograph: Ordnance Survey. 1992. OS/92197. Ordnance Survey. Photograph (Paper). OS/92197 V 064-65 14-JUN-1992.
SDV321648Aerial Photograph: GetMapping. 1999 - 2000. Millennium Map 1999-2000 Getmapping. Millennium Map. Photograph (Digital).
SDV356883Interpretation: Hegarty, C. + Knight, S. + Sims, R.. 2014-2015. East and Mid Devon River Catchments National Mapping Programme Project. AC Archaeology Report. Digital.
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Associated Monuments

MDV55683Parent of: Anti-Aircraft Unit Accommodation Hut, Exeter Airfield (Monument)
MDV48842Related to: Exeter Airfield (Military) (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4887 - Assessment Two Areas of Highway to the East of Exeter
  • EDV6530 - The East and Mid-Devon Rivers Catchment NMP project (Ref: ACD613)

Date Last Edited:Oct 24 2017 3:29PM