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HER Number:MDV74325
Name:Northam Burrows Coastguard Lookout

Summary

Northam Burrows coastguard station is visible as a structure on aerial photographs from the 1940s to the 1960s. The station structure is not visible in its original location on aerial photographs of 1989 and had probably fallen onto the beach by this date.

Location

Grid Reference:SS 443 317
Map Sheet:SS43SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishNortham
DistrictTorridge
Ecclesiastical ParishUNKNOWN
Ecclesiastical ParishNORTHAM

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty: 2527

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • COASTGUARD STATION (XVIII to XXI - 1751 AD to 2009 AD (Between))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1944, RAF/106G/LA/88, NMR RAF/106G/LA/88 FPO-0043 SS/4431/014 31-DEC-1944 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349744.

The coastguard station can be seen in-situ with associated Second World War anti-invasion defences.


Ordnance Survey, 1953 - 1969, Ordnance Survey Six Inch Map (Cartographic). SDV340358.

'Coastguard Lookout' shown.


Meridian Airmaps Limited, 1967, MAL/67086, NMR MAL/67086 074-075 12-OCT-1967 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349071.

The coastguard station is no longer visible in-situ.


Ordnance Survey, 1989, OS/89115, NMR OS/89115 238-239 04-MAY-1989 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349086.


Collings, A. G. + Manning, P. T. + Valentin, J., 2007, The North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Phase 1. Archaeological Survey. Summary Report (Report - Assessment). SDV339712.

The 1963 Ordnance Survey 1:10,560 map shows a short-lived coastguard lookout to have been present here.


Gent, T. H., 2008, Conversation with A. M. Dick (Personal Comment). SDV340359.

The coastguard station was, until recently, in situ on the dunes.


Glover, F., 2008, Northam Burrows Coastguard Lookout (Ground Photograph). SDV340357.

Structure lying on the beach at some distance from the edge of the dunes. Other details: P:\Culture\Archaeology\HER\Photos\74325 Northam Burrows Coastguard Lookout.


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

Northam Burrows coastguard station is visible as a structure on aerial photographs from 1944 to 1967. The station structure is not visible in its original location on aerial photographs of 1989 and had probably suffered the effects of coastal erosion and fallen onto the beach by this date. On military oblique photography from January 1944 the station can be seen to be protected on its seaward side by coastal anti-invasion defences.


Passmore, A. J., 2013, Northam Burrows FEP Consultation Pro-forma (Report - non-specific). SDV356811.

Scattered along the foreshore below the pebble ridge, approximately 20 metres from the base of the dunes, is a group of 10 pieces of concrete debris varying in size. Almost all are foundations formed from stepped layers of concrete. The largest measures 2.30 metres by 1.90 metres by 0.60 metres high. One piece is an anchor block for an aerial guy rope and is a block of reinforced concrete measuring 0.60 metres x 0.60 metres x 0.66 metres high. The top surface incorporates three steel loops.


Passmore, A., 2014, Northam Burrows, Northam, Devon: Higher Level Stewardship Scheme Archaeological Survey, 4, 7; Figure 3 (Report - Survey). SDV356810.

The only non-military heritage asset is the site of a former coastguard look out. It has suffered from coastal erosion, and remains survive on the foreshore. The lookout has been recorded from 20th-century aerial photographs, and is also marked on post-war maps. Drawings of some of the surviving foundations of the coastguard look out are presented in Figure 3.

Sources / Further Reading

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.
SDV340357Ground Photograph: Glover, F.. 2008. Northam Burrows Coastguard Lookout. Historic Environment Record Photo Collection. A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV340358Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1953 - 1969. Ordnance Survey Six Inch Map. National Grid A edition imperial. Map (Digital).
SDV340359Personal Comment: Gent, T. H.. 2008. Conversation with A. M. Dick.
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
SDV349071Aerial Photograph: Meridian Airmaps Limited. 1967. MAL/67086. Meridian Airmaps Limited Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). NMR MAL/67086 074-075 12-OCT-1967.
SDV349086Aerial Photograph: Ordnance Survey. 1989. OS/89115. Ordnance Survey Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). NMR OS/89115 238-239 04-MAY-1989.
SDV349744Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1944. RAF/106G/LA/88. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). NMR RAF/106G/LA/88 FPO-0043 SS/4431/014 31-DEC-1944.
SDV356810Report - Survey: Passmore, A.. 2014. Northam Burrows, Northam, Devon: Higher Level Stewardship Scheme Archaeological Survey. AC Archaeology. CD760/2/3. A4 Bound + Digital. 4, 7; Figure 3.
SDV356811Report - non-specific: Passmore, A. J.. 2013. Northam Burrows FEP Consultation Pro-forma. AC Archaeology Report. Digital.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6132 - North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty NMP Project
  • EDV6518 - Archaeological Survey of Northam Burrows (Ref: ACD760)

Date Last Edited:Dec 20 2018 11:57AM