MMO319 - Possible World War Two military activity features south of Martinhoe Cross (Monument)


Cropmarks of linear features visible on aerial photographs have been interpreted as a possible military encampment of World War Two. There was no ground evidence for this noted during field investigation.

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Type and Period (2)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

SS 6845 4563. Fairly large rectangular group of vegetational marks beside road. World War Two military encampment. [1,2] The area lies in regularly ploughed pasture fields. There is now no trace of these features. (3) The cropmarks are visible on aerial photographs from 1947 only and can be seen as lines of possible square parch marks arranged in a rectangle. However the square parch marks are too small to represent tents or other temporary structure, and the arrangement does not resemble a military encampment. There are signs of other military activities in the area however, and it is possible that these cropmarks are also related to military activity. [1,4] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [5]

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF CPE/UK/1980 4088-89 (11 April 1947).
  • <2> Unpublished document: McDonnell, R.. 1980. Gazetteer of Sites in the Exmoor National Park Identified through Aerial Photography. SS6845a.
  • <3> Unpublished document: Sainsbury, I.S.S. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 21 July 1993.
  • <4>XY Archive: Exmoor National Park National Mapping Programme: SS 64 NE. MD002172. [Mapped feature: #35219 ]
  • <5> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 915501, Extant 2 November 2021.

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Other Statuses/References

  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 17941
  • Devon SMR: SS64NE/55
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE11221
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE20555
  • Local List Status (Unassessed)
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 64 NE57
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 915501



Grid reference Centred SS 6845 4562 (188m by 200m) Aerial Survey
Map sheet SS64NE

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Record last edited

Nov 2 2021 12:02PM


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