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HER Number:MDV78411
Name:Barrack Huts, Exeter Airfield Dispersed Site 8


Two asbestos barrack huts, latterly used for agricultural storage.


Grid Reference:SY 020 932
Map Sheet:SY09SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishRockbeare
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishROCKBEARE

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

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

Map object based on this Source.

Francis, P., 1999, Exeter Airport. Historic Airport Survey for Devon County Council & East Devon District Council, 110 (Report - non-specific). SDV323390.

The only surviving structures on Dispersed Site 8 are two standard Universal Asbestos Company Ltd. Handcraft barrack type huts. Constructed of factory-made trough-shaped asbestos cement sheets, which are bolted together on site to form a seven-sided building in cross-section. No framing was required. Internal lining was normally of flexible asbestos sheets and end walls were of cement-rendered brick. As these are barrack blocks, the internal arrangement consists of an open-plan single room for 12 beds.
Although extant they are in poor condition, with end walls either missing or partly demolished. At time of survey they were used for hay storage. Other details: Sites 427 + 428.

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

Map object based on this Source.

Dick, A. M., 2010, Untitled Source (Personal Comment). SDV345189.

Although Francis lists these structures as sites 427 and 428, his grid references and comparison of his plan with Royal Air Force photography, 1999-2000 and 2006-2007 photography, suggests that they are in sites 417 and 418 on his plan.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV323390Report - non-specific: Francis, P.. 1999. Exeter Airport. Historic Airport Survey for Devon County Council & East Devon District Council. Airfield Research Publishing Report. Digital + A4. 110.
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).
SDV345189Personal Comment: Dick, A. M.. 2010.

Associated Monuments

MDV56268Part of: Exeter Airfield Dispersed Site 8 (Monument)
MDV48842Related to: Exeter Airfield (Military) (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4774 - Historic Airport Survey, Exeter Airport

Date Last Edited:Sep 16 2010 3:33PM