MMO2933 - World War Two pits on Long Holcombe (Monument)

Summary

Four pits or craters of probable military origin are visible as earthworks. They may be related to destruction of spare ordnance following World War Two, or be related to gun emplacements. Vehicle tracks can be seen between the features.

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Type and Period (3)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Four pits or craters of probable military origin are visible on aerial photographs taken in 1946 as earthworks on moorland between Hangley Cleave and Long Holcombe. Centred at approximately SS 7591 3574, the four rectangular craters are aligned approximately east-west, each measuring between 3 and 5 metres across. They are slightly too large to be impact craters, and appear to lie well outside the known extent of the Exmoor Firing Range (MSO7776), but may be related to destruction of spare ordnance following World War Two. Vehicle tracks can be seen running between several of the craters. Burton also refers to "large field guns stationed on North Molton Ridge and elsewhere" and it is possible that these craters are the remains of temporary gun emplacements. [1-2]

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 -1948. Vertical Aerial Photography. RAF 106G/UK/1655 4371-72 (11 July 1946).
  • <2> Monograph: Burton, R.A.. 1989. The Heritage of Exmoor. Roger A. Burton. 223-4.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 7591 3572 (129m by 76m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS73NE
Civil Parish EXMOOR, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 73 NE136
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1487446

Record last edited

Apr 25 2018 6:14PM

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