MEM24395 - Possible early 20th Century or World War Two cairn at Great Hangman (Monument)


A cairn is visible on aerial photographs dating to the Second World War. It may serve a military function, or date from the earlier 20th Century.

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A triangulation station is depicted on the summit of Great Hangman at c. SS 6007 4807 but otherwise, no earthwork features are shown. [1] The 1946-8 aerial photographs of the site taken by the Royal Air Force show a cairn at SS 6007 4807. A trackway can be seen running to the cairn from the southwest, which then runs northwards to another darker area at SS 6007 4811. A further trackway then heads west from here to SS 5992 4811, where a further dark area is shown. [2] The cairn and the feature at SS 6007 4811 are still visible on 2013 aerial photographs. [3] The cairn is depicted and labelled on 2018 MasterMap data. [4] The main cairn on Great Hangman may date to the early 20th Century or date from World War Two and, together with the other features described, form part of a military training site or similar. [5]

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <1> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1902-1907. County Series, 2nd Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500.
  • <2> Aerial photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 -1948. Vertical Aerial Photography.
  • <3> Aerial photograph: Getmapping. 2013. Vertical Aerial Photography of Exmoor National Park.
  • <4> Map: Ordnance Survey. 2018. MasterMap.
  • <5> Verbal communication: Various. Various. Oral Information. Catherine Dove, 30 July 2018.



Grid reference Centred SS 6000 4809 (193m by 67m)
Map sheet SS64NW

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Record last edited

Aug 17 2020 12:17PM


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