MMO2965 - World War Two military training site on Red Stone Hill (Monument)

Summary

Small earthwork features visible on aerial photographs of the 1940s may be slit trenches, or weapons pits, evidence for military training activities of Second World War date.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Small earthwork features visible on aerial photographs of the 1940s on Red Stone Hill, may be evidence of military training activities of Second World War date. The form of the features is unclear, but may be small spoil heaps created during the excavation of practise trenches, slit trenches or weapons pits. Although the particular purpose of the training is unclear, it is likely to be related to the broader activities of the Exmoor Firing Range. The earthwork evidence consists of possible oval or figure 8 shaped mounds circa 4 metres wide and up to 9 metres long. Some appear randomly spaced while others are clearly arranged in rows. A number of features smaller than two metres across or of unclear form are also visible in this area, but have not been transcribed, and therefore it is possible not all military features have been depicted. Most features are no longer visible on aerial photographs of 1964. [1-3] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [4]

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR RAF 106G/UK/1501 (F20) 4059-60 (13 May 1946).
  • <2> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR RAF 543/2821 (F63) 0165 (27 April 1964).
  • <3>XY Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 83 NW. MD002191. [Mapped feature: #46557 ]
  • <4> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1488031, Extant 1 September 2021.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 8161 3945 (601m by 296m)
Map sheet SS83NW
Civil Parish EXMOOR, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 83 NW63
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1488031

Record last edited

Sep 1 2021 1:53PM

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