MMO1990 - Possible World War Two communications structures overlooking Lynton (Monument)

Summary

Structures of probable military function are visible on aerial photographs of the 1940s onwards. They may be part of the communications network established during the Second World War, though their precise function is unclear.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Structures of probable military function are visible on aerial photographs of the 1940s onwards, atop the hill to the south of Lynton and Lynmouth at circa SS 71104858. The structures are not marked on the Ordnance Survey 1:10560 map of 1938 and were probably constructed by the military during the Second World War. Their precise function is unclear, but a role within the military communications or observation system is probable. Although no towers or masts are visible standing by 1946, this interpretation is supported both by its topographical setting and evidence of mast footings clearly visible both next to and within the blast wall enclosure, to the southern end of the building complex. Later communications masts have been constructed in this area by 1976. The structures are still mapped on the current Ordnance Survey base map and as such have not been transcribed. However, they appear intact on aerial photographs of 1995 but appear ruinous on Google earth at the time of survey. They are probably associated with similar although smaller structures visible to the north-west, next to the ruined Down Linhay at circa SS 70714868. [1-6]

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF CPE/UK/1980 (F20) 4052-3 11 April 1947.
  • <2> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. MORE MASTS? MAL 76067 119 4 August 1976.
  • <3> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/95026 021-22 12 March 1995.
  • <4> Map: Ordnance Survey. Various. Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date) . 1:10560, 1938.
  • <5> Website: Various. Google Earth.
  • <6> Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 74 NW. MD002173.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 7110 4858 (32m by 41m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS74NW
Civil Parish LYNTON AND LYNMOUTH, NORTH DEVON, DEVON

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Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 NW195
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1466282

Record last edited

Jun 26 2018 1:37PM

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