MMO1714 - World War Two slit trenches on Shilstone Hill (Monument)

Summary

Three practise slit trenches of Second World War date are visible on aerial photographs as earthworks on Shilstone Hill.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Three slit-trenches of Second World War date are visible on aerial photographs as earthworks on Shilstone Hill, centred on circa SS 76114631. The trenches are up to 25 metres long and approximately 1 metre wide. Each trench is irregularly shaped, zigzag, curvilinear or crenallated in form. Such shapes were designed to minimise the effect of explosive blasts along the trench. These features were probably dug as practise trenches or mock defences as part of military training associated with the activities of the military training area which operated across large areas of Exmoor during the Second World War, including Brendon Common. They can still be seen on aerial photographs of 1995. [1-2]

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF 106G/UK/1501 (F20) 3322 136-MAY-1946.
  • <2> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/95026 078-79 12-MAR-1995.
  • <3> Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 74 NE. MD002168.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 7609 4631 (87m by 49m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS74NE
Civil Parish BRENDON, NORTH DEVON, DEVON

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Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 NE100
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1461281

Record last edited

Mar 14 2013 11:37AM

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