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HER Number:MDV80119
Name:Concrete Base for Timber Receiver Tower, RAF Northam

Summary

A Second World War Chain Home Radar Station receiver mast is visible on aerial photographs of the 1940s at RAF Northam Radar Station. The concrete bases of the timber tower remain clearly visible on aerial photographs of the 1950s onwards.

Location

Grid Reference:SS 447 299
Map Sheet:SS42NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishNortham
DistrictTorridge
Ecclesiastical ParishNORTHAM

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1941, RAF S/171, NMR RAF/S171 15-16 1-JUN-1941 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349634.

A timber radar receiver mast is visible.


Royal Air Force, 1945, RAF/106G/UK/891, NMR RAF/106G/UK/891 4044 08-OCT-1945 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349055.

A timber radar receiver mast is visible.


Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/106G/UK/1420, NMR RAF/106G/UK/1420 4232-3 15-APR-1946 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349553.

A timber radar receiver mast is visible.


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

Mast with concrete plinths visible.


Royal Air Force, 1958, RAF 58/2553, RAF/58/2553 PSFO-P2-0043 SS 4429/1 29-AUG-1958 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349117.

Concrete bases of the timber tower remain clearly visible.


Bluesky, 2006 - 2007, Bluesky aerial photographs 2006 - 2007 (Aerial Photograph). SDV341189.

Four concrete plinths visible, forming a square, with a further structure at the centre.


Next Perspectives, 2007, Next Perspectives PGA Tile Ref:, Next Perspectives PGA Tile Ref: SS4429 04-MAY-2007 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349344.

Concrete bases of the timber tower remain clearly visible.


Ordnance Survey, 2011, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV346129.


Passmore, M. + Passmore, A., 2011, Royal Air Force Air-Defence Radar Station Northam, 2-4 (Leaflet). SDV347318.

The former RAF Chain Home station has the best preserved radar remains in Devon. The photograph shows one of four concrete plinths on which one of two timber receiver towers sat. Other details: Photographs.


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

A Second World War Chain Home Radar Station receiver mast is visible on aerial photographs of 1941 to 1946 at RAF Northam Radar Station. On aerial photographs of 1958 onwards four concrete plinths remain clearly visible, one at each corner of the timber tower, with a fifth structure at the centre of the tower base.


English Heritage, 2015, Northam Radar Station: receiver blocks, transmitter blocks, substation, receiver tower bases and Advance or Intermediate Chain Home structures , North of Appledore Road and Long's Lane, Northam, Bideford, Devon (Correspondence). SDV358032.


Westward Ho! History Group, 2018, Westward Ho! History, http://www.westwardhohistory.co.uk/war-years/war-years-by-richard-sumner/ (Website). SDV361065.

Photographs taken from the top of this mast in 1947 include a number of the surrounding Second World War structures and earthworks. Some details of the construction of this mast are visible.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV341189Aerial Photograph: Bluesky. 2006 - 2007. Bluesky aerial photographs 2006 - 2007. Bluesky. Photograph (Digital).
SDV342938Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 - 1949. Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Digital).
SDV346129Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2011. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital).
SDV347318Leaflet: Passmore, M. + Passmore, A.. 2011. Royal Air Force Air-Defence Radar Station Northam. A Brief Introduction to Twentieth Century Military and Civil Defence Archae. 39. A4 Folded. 2-4.
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/UK/891 4044 08-OCT-1945.
SDV349117Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1958. RAF 58/2553. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/58/2553 PSFO-P2-0043 SS 4429/1 29-AUG-1958.
SDV349344Aerial Photograph: Next Perspectives. 2007. Next Perspectives PGA Tile Ref:. Pan Government Agreement Aerial Photographs. Digital. Next Perspectives PGA Tile Ref: SS4429 04-MAY-2007.
SDV349553Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/106G/UK/1420. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). NMR RAF/106G/UK/1420 4232-3 15-APR-1946.
SDV349634Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1941. RAF S/171. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). NMR RAF/S171 15-16 1-JUN-1941.
SDV358032Correspondence: English Heritage. 2015. Northam Radar Station: receiver blocks, transmitter blocks, substation, receiver tower bases and Advance or Intermediate Chain Home structures , North of Appledore Road and Long's Lane, Northam, Bideford, Devon. Letter and Consultation Report. Digital.
SDV361065Website: Westward Ho! History Group. 2018. Westward Ho! History. http://www.westwardhohistory.co.uk. Digital. http://www.westwardhohistory.co.uk/war-years/war-years-by-richard-sumner/.

Associated Monuments

MDV55665Part of: RAF Northam Radar Station (Monument)
MDV80118Related to: Concrete Base for Timber Receiver Tower, RAF Northam (Monument)
MDV62561Related to: Transmitter or receiver block at RAF Northam Radar Station (Monument)
MDV62562Related to: Transmitter or receiver block at RAF Northam Radar Station (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

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

Date Last Edited:Apr 18 2018 3:08PM