MMO2521 - Walled Structure, West of Black Mires (Monument)
Please read the caveat document.
Type and Period (2)
- None recorded
A square structure approximately seven metres across is visible on aerial photographs of the 1940s on Porlock Allotment, centred on circa SS 83834298. Three walls less than two metres think are visible, the fourth, south-east facing side, remains unenclosed. The structure is orientated roughly north-west to south-east, and appears to be aligned upon a dense concentration of unusually regularly patterned artillery craters of Second World War date, approximately 250 metres to the north-west. The structure may be the remains of an observation post or firing range blockhouse associated with this evidence for munitions test firing or target practise. The structure is no longer visible on aerial photographs of 1973 but remains of footings may survive. [1-4] During a walkover survey performed by Cornwall Council, it was suggested that this site may have once been the site of a prehistoric field boundary, now remaining as an "L" shaped spread of stones and clearance cairns. However, the above evidence suggests that this is unlikely. 
- <1> SEM6707 Aerial photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 -1948. Vertical Aerial Photography. NMR RAF 106G/UK/1501 (F20) 3197-8. 13/05/1946.
- <2> SMO4068 Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR RAF 540-931 (F20) 4099-4101. 08/11/1952.
- <3> SMO4068 Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/73109 587-8. 29/04/1973.
- <4> SMO7567 Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 84 SW. MD002184.
- <5> SEM6823 Report: Kirkham, G. and Taylor, S.. 2008. Exmoor Mire Restoration Project: Archaeological Survey on Moorland Areas at Alderman's Barrow Allotment, Blackpitts-Exe Head, North Twitchen, Roosthitchen and Verney's Allotment. p. 11; no. 33.
|Grid reference||Centred SS 8383 4298 (14m by 12m) (Aerial Survey)|
|Civil Parish||PORLOCK, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET|
Related Monuments/Buildings (0)
Related Events/Activities (1)
External Links (1)
- http://www.pastscape.org.uk/hob.aspx?hob_id=1478219 (Pastscape entry: 1478219)
- Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1478219
Record last edited
Jul 27 2018 12:59PM
Your feedback is welcome. If you can provide any new information about this record, please contact us.