MMO3140 - World War Two weapons pits on Draydon Knap (Monument)

Summary

Numerous small linear holes can be seen on aerial photographs of the 1940s, as earthworks on the eastern slopes of Draydon Knap.

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Numerous small linear holes can be seen on aerial photographs of the 1940s, as earthworks on the eastern slopes of Draydon Knap. The holes are grouped into 5 clusters of varying size with the densest group at circa SS 8970 3308. The remaining features are visible in smaller groups to the south, spread over about 550 metres of hillside. The holes are narrow slit trenches no more than 3 metres in length, dug as part of Second World War military training exercises known as weapons pits or foxholes. They are probably associated with large camps or enclosures visible to the north and south. They cannot be seen on aerial photographs taken after the 1940s. [1-3]

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 -1948. Vertical Aerial Photography. CPE/UK/1944 2160-2162 (23 January 1947).
  • <2> Aerial photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 -1948. Vertical Aerial Photography. 106G/UK/1655 4264-5 (11 July 1946).
  • <3> Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 83 SE. MD002198.

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Location

Grid reference Centred SS 8971 3284 (145m by 575m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS83SE
Civil Parish WINSFORD, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 83 SE93
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1490697

Record last edited

Dec 6 2016 8:21PM

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