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HER Number:MDV78321
Name:Pillbox on East Bank of Braunton Pill, Heanton Punchardon

Summary

A probable pillbox of Second World War date is visible as a structure between the eastern bank of the River Caen at Braunton Pill and the western edge of RAF Chivenor, on aerial photographs of the 1940s onwards.

Location

Grid Reference:SS 483 345
Map Sheet:SS43SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishHeanton Punchardon
DistrictNorth Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishHEANTON PUNCHARDON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • PILLBOX (World War II - 1939 AD to 1945 AD (Between))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1945, RAF/106G/UK/891, NMR RAF/106G/891 3096-3097 08-OCT-1945 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349055.

A hexagonal pillbox of Second World War date is visible as a structure.


Royal Air Force, 1946 - 1949, Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV342938.

Site of pillbox shown on Royal Air Force aerial photograph on the east bank of Braunton Pill. There also appears to be another pillbox, 85 metres to the north.


Ordnance Survey, 2010, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV344030.

Map object based on this Source.


Burgess, C., 2010, Military Site (Correspondence). SDV345089.

Photo showing a Second World War lookout or pillbox, comprising a squat hexagonal building of concrete block with small openings in each side.


Next Perspectives, 2010, Next Perspectives PGA Tile Ref:, Next Perspectives PGA Tile Ref: SS4834 08-APR-2010 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349899.

A hexagonal pillbox of Second World War date is visible as a structure. Map object based on this source.


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

A hexagonal pillbox of Second World War date is visible on aerial photographs of the 1940s onwards as a structure centred on circa SS48303451, constructed into the sea wall on the eastern bank of the River Taw, on the western edge of RAF Chivenor with which it was probably associated. The pillbox remains visible on images derived from aerial photographs taken in 2010 and appears in reasonable condition. It is one of two pillboxes recorded on the western edge of RAF Chivenor.


Hegarty, C. & Knight, S., 2012-2013, North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty National Mapping Programme Project site visit, 19-FEB-2013 (Site Visit). SDV349357.

The pillbox appears to be in good condition.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV342938Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 - 1949. Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Digital).
SDV344030Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2010. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital).
SDV345089Correspondence: Burgess, C.. 2010. Military Site. Email to S. Knight. A4 Single Sheet + Digital.
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
SDV349055Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1945. RAF/106G/UK/891. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). NMR RAF/106G/891 3096-3097 08-OCT-1945.
SDV349357Site Visit: Hegarty, C. & Knight, S.. 2012-2013. North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty National Mapping Programme Project site visit. ND AONB NMP. Digital. 19-FEB-2013.
SDV349899Aerial Photograph: Next Perspectives. 2010. Next Perspectives PGA Tile Ref:. Pan Government Agreement Aerial Photographs. Digital. Next Perspectives PGA Tile Ref: SS4834 08-APR-2010.

Associated Monuments

MDV78324Related to: Pillbox on East Bank of Braunton Pill, Heanton Punchardon (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6132 - North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty NMP Project

Date Last Edited:Aug 13 2015 9:55AM