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ID:EHG3745
External Ref:HAS-HMO12
Name:Desk-based Assessment and Building Recording - Fearn Airfield Control Tower
Organisation:Highland Archaeology Services Ltd
Date:Sept 2012

Description

A Level 1 building recording and desk-based assessment were carried out by Highland Archaeology Services in 2012 of the control tower and surrounding area within Fearn Airfield, Easter Ross, formerly known as HMS Owl, to meet a planning condition on development. Two other standing buildings were also recorded; a brick built generator house and a Nissen type hut of brick and asbestos concrete. Hollows and mounds in the grass-grown area around the tower may have indicated the remains of other buildings. Access was obtained to all floors of the control tower (although the 4th floor roof could not be inspected), and to the interior of the Nissen hut, but the store was only recorded from the outside. Notes were made of construction methods and materials, current condition, and features of interest. Of the three buildings examined, only the control tower was of more than local interest. It was noted that there were few remaining fixtures in the control tower, and it was considered doubtful if much more information could be expected from a watching brief on construction works. As a result it was recommended that no further recording is required on the known structures, but a watching brief be carried out on any groundworks in the vicinity might reveal further evidence. <1>

Type(s) of Investigation

  • BUILDING SURVEY
  • DESK BASED ASSESSMENT

Images

Control Tower, Nissen hut, and 'store' (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesControl Tower, entrance, SE elevation (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesCorridor to toilets, level 0 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesToilets, level 0 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesBase of stairs, level 0 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesRoom 01 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesRoom 01 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesRoom 01 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesCorridor, level 0 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesCorridor, level 0 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesControl Tower, NE elevation, lower 3 levels (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesControl Tower, NE elevation, upper 3 levels (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesControl Tower, SW elevation (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesControl Tower, SW elevation (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesRoom 1, level 0 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesRoom 1, level 0 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesRoom 1, level 0 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesGrill, E corner, room 1, level 0 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesGraffiti, W corner, room 02 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesGraffiti, SW wall, room 02 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesGraffiti, SE wall, room 02 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesRoom 04 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesRoom 04 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesRoom 05 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesRoom 05 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesRoom 06 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesRoom 06 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesRoom 06 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesRoom 03 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology SevicesRoom 03 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesLanding, level 1 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesStairs down from level 1 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesCorridor, level 1 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesCorridor, level 1 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesRoom 11 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesRoom 11 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesRoom 12 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesRoom 12 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesRoom 13 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesRoom 13 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesBrick at floor level, room 13 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesRoom 14 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesRoom 14 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesBrick at floor level, room 14 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesElectrical conduit and wooden board, corridor, level 1 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesRoom 15 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesStructure of partition wall between rooms 14 and 15 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesRoom 15 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesRoom 16 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesRoom 16 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesBase of stairs, level 1 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesLanding, level 2 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesRoom 21 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesRoom 21 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesRoom 22 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesRoom 22 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesRoom 22 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesDetail of bench, room 22 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesNW end of room 23 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesCentre of room 23 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesSE end of room 23 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesCentre of room 23 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesS corner of level 3 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesW corner of level 3 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesN corner of level 3 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesE corner of level 3 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesChimney and later brick structure, level 3 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesPanorama from level 3 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesPanorama from level 3 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesPanorama from level 3 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesPanorama from level 3 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesPanorama from level 3 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesPanorama from level 3 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesPanorama from level 3 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesPanorama from level 3 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesBench on level 3 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesControl Tower, SE elevation (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesWindsock mounting (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesNissen hut, SE elevation (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesBatten from spoil heap, showing method of fixing (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology servicesNissen hut, internal SE elevation (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesNissen hut, window in SE elevation (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesInternal structures, SE end of Nissen hut (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesSE face of internal dividing wall, Nissen hut (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesNW face of internal dividing wall, Nissen hut (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesNissen hut, internal NW elevation (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesNissen hut, NW extension (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesNissen hut, NW elevation (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highgland Archaeology ServicesNissen hut, SW elevation (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesNissen hut, NE elevation (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology Services'Store', SW elevation (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology Services'Store', SE elevation (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology Services'Store', NE elevation (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology Services'Store', NW elevation (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesThe site and buildings, general view (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesThe site and buildings, general view (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesThe site and buildings, general view (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesControl Tower (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesConductor head, N corner, NW elevation, Control Tower (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology ServicesBlocked wall piercing, SE end, NE elevation, Control Tower (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Highland Archaeology Services

Reports

Fieldwork report  © Highland Archaeology Services (File size: 3895 KB)
Grid Reference:Centred NH 8480 7616 (72m by 61m)
Map Sheet:NH87NW
Civil Parish:FEARN
Geographical Area:ROSS AND CROMARTY
Location:Fearn Airfield

Associated Finds - none

Sources and further reading

  • Text/Report/Fieldwork Report: Higgins, P. & Wood, J.. Fearn Airfield Control Tower: Desk-Based Assessment and Building Recording. Highland Archaeology Services Ltd. Digital.

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