MDE20526 - World War Two impact craters on Holdstone Down (Monument)

Summary

Two lines of small craters or mounds are visible on aerial photographs at the northern extent of Holdstone Down, close to the cliff edge.

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Two parallel, linear groups of six mounds. Possibly of World War Two military origin. Their visibility is fair on the 1946 aerial photograph. [1,2] A line of small craters are visible on aerial photographs at the northern extent of Holdstone Down close to the cliff edge. Centred at approximately SS 6216 4818, the craters are uniform in size, measuring between 2 and 2.5 metres in diameter, and are aligned approximately southeast to northwest. They are most likely to be impact craters, probably relating to Second World War military activity in this area (see MDE8963), particularly on Holdstone Down itself, where a number of mortar positions are known to have been situated. Similar craters are visible at Great Hangman Cairn (see MDE8285). [3,4]

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <1> Unpublished document: McDonnell, R.. 1980. Gazetteer of Sites in the Exmoor National Park Identified through Aerial Photography. SS6248b.
  • <2> Aerial photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 -1948. Vertical Aerial Photography. RAF/106G/UK/1655.3182 (July 1946).
  • <3> Aerial photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 -1948. Vertical Aerial Photography. RAF 106G/UK/1501.4375-76 (13 May 1946).
  • <4> Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 64 NW. MD002171.

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Location

Grid reference Centred SS 6218 4819 (73m by 66m)
Map sheet SS64NW
Civil Parish COMBE MARTIN, NORTH DEVON, DEVON

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Other Statuses/References

  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 17912
  • Devon SMR: SS64NW/30
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO1767
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 64 NW77
  • National Trust HER Record: MNA107765
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1461498

Record last edited

Aug 17 2020 12:03PM

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