MEM25112 - World War Two military training features south of Warcombe Water (Monument)


Four sub-rectangular hollows with associated spoil mounds are probably associated with military training carried out in the area during the Second World War.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Four subrectangular hollows with associated spoil mounds were located on the northern end of the spur defined by the West Lyn River and Warcombe Water, centred at SS 7256 4420. All are very similar in form and size and comprise a subrectangular mound, between 3 to 4 metres long, 1.4 to 2 metres wide and 0.5 metres high, with a corresponding hollow to the side, some 2.5 to 3 metres long, 1 metre wide and 0.5 metres deep. One of these mounds lies close to the northwest end of the stone row (MEM24610), two lie very close to its southeast end. A group of seven similar features have been recorded on Thornworthy Common, some 500 metres to the west (MDE20814). These were interpreted as resulting from military training during the Second World War and it seems very likely that the features recorded here are also the result of that activity. The features were surveyed at a scale of 1: 10,000 using differential GPS by the English Heritage AS&I team (Exeter). [1,2] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [3] The Grid reference provided by [1] and [2] is incorrect. The mounds are plotted in the area of stone row MEM24610 on the spur; however, the grid reference quoted falls c.300 metres to the west, on the other side of the West Lyn River. [4]

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <1>XY Unpublished document: Riley, H.. Field Investigators Comments. English Heritage Field Investigation, 2007. [Mapped feature: #47791 Incorrect grid reference given by report, ]
  • <2> Report: Riley, H.. 2007. Lithic monuments on Exmoor: some new discoveries - The Warcombe Water Stone Row and a stone setting on Trout Hill. English Heritage.
  • <3> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1463334, Added 18 January 2022.
  • <4>XY Verbal communication: Various. 1993-. Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Team staff comments. Catherine Dove, 18 January 2022. [Mapped feature: #47792 ]

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Other Statuses/References

  • Local List Status (Candidate)
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 SW168
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1463334



Grid reference Centred SS 7271 4422 (300m by 40m) (2 map features)
Map sheet SS74SW

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Record last edited

Jan 18 2022 3:19PM


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