MMO3190 - Possible World War Two military training site on Withypool Hill (Monument)

Summary

A small mound is visible on aerial photographs of the 1940s as an earthwork on Withypool Hill. The age and function of the mound are uncertain but it may be associated with military training activities of Second World War date.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A small mound is visible on aerial photographs of the 1940s as an earthwork on Withypool Hill, centred on circa SS 8391 3451. The mound is roughly circular in shape and approximately 8 metres in diameter. The age and function of the mound are uncertain but it may be associated with military training activities of Second World War date; three further similar earthworks can be seen on Withypool Hill in the general area of vehicle tracks, indicative of military training activities. Due to the dense vegetation on Withypool Hill the current condition of this feature cannot be ascertained from the aerial photographs available to the survey. [1,2] A field survey was undertaken in 2017 as part of a desk based assessment of Withypool Hill. This identified a shallow depression measuring 8.11 metres long (east to west) by 7.32 metres (north to south) by 0.50 metres deep at this location, with barely perceptible surrounding banks. The feature is being used by animals for shelter, but no associated erosion is present. It is also visible on LiDAR data as a depression. [3]

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF 160G/UK/1655 (F20) 3295-6 (11 July 1946).
  • <2> Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 83 SW. MD002197.
  • <3> Report: Passmore, A. and Dean, R.. 2018. Withypool Hill, Withypool, Exmoor Park: Results of archaeological desk-based assessment, measured and photographic survey of Withypool Stone Circle, and geophysical survey.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 8391 3451 (14m by 15m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS83SW
Civil Parish WITHYPOOL AND HAWKRIDGE, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

Finds (0)

Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

Related Events/Activities (1)

External Links (1)

Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 83 SW112
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1492071

Record last edited

Feb 27 2018 4:23PM

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