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HER Number:MDV74045
Name:Signpost at Sandy Lane Copses, Braunton Burrows


Signpost at Sandy Lane Copses. May be contemporary with the use of Braunton Burrows as a World War II training area.


Grid Reference:SS 462 350
Map Sheet:SS43NE
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 and nineteenth century reclaimed field system on Braunton Marsh NW of Horsey Island

Other References/Statuses

  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • SIGNPOST (Early 20th Century to XXI - 1901 AD to 2100 AD)

Full description

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

A signpost is marked on the Braunton Burrows Habitat Map.

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

Not marked on US Army plans so may post-date the World War II training ground. However it is located next to a road/track shown on the 1946 aerial photographs so it may be contemporary with the use of Braunton Burrows as a World War II training area.
Visited 2009. At NGR 246295135055 is a post formed from a semi-circular tree trunk which has a carved recess for a sign (sign removed). Probably of modern date.
Poor condition. Heavily weathered.

Breeds, J., 2011, Untitled Source (Personal Comment). SDV346381.

This was a Ministry of Defence warning post set in a concrete-filled drum. Other details: Correspondence with S. Knight.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV339613Cartographic: Nature Conservancy Council. 1989. Braunton Burrows Habitat Map. Photocopy + Digital.
SDV344664Un-published: Passmore, A. + Knight, S.. 2009. Farm Environment Plan (FEP), Updated Spreadsheet of Archaeological Sites. Exeter Archaeology Report. Digital.
SDV346381Personal Comment: Breeds, J.. 2011. Comments from former ranger at Braunton Burrows. 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:Mar 1 2023 1:54PM