MMO3195 - World War Two military training earthworks on Halscombe Allotment (Monument)

Summary

A concentration of low mounds and slit trenches is visible as earthworks on aerial photographs of 1946. They are evidence of the military training activities that took place over much of this area during the years of the Second World War.

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Full Description

A concentration of low mounds and slit trenches is visible on aerial photographs of 1946 as earthworks centred on circa SS 8190 3380, Halscombe Common. The trenches are generally very short excavations of less than 3 metres length, and less than one metre wide. They are grouped in three clusters centred at SS 8179 3369, SS 8183 3375 and SS 8189 3380. It is probable that the slit trenches have some kind of auxiliary role to the larger features visible in this area. The precise form these take is difficult to ascertain from the aerial photographs, but they appear to be low sub-circular earthwork mounds or surface scoops up to 15 metres in diameter. Similar features have been recorded in military training areas elsewhere on Exmoor and a tentative interpretation of the features as temporary field-gun emplacements has been suggested; their common arrangement into arcs or flattened V formations resembles that seen in more permanent anti-aircraft artillery emplacements. The earthworks are evidence of the military training activity that occurred over much of this area during the Second World War date. Further evidence of military activity can be seen on Hawkridge Common to the north and Withypool Hill to the east. The earthworks cannot be seen on later aerial photographs and have probably been levelled. [1-3]

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF 106G/UK/1655 (F20) 4251-2 (11 July 1946).
  • <2> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR RAF 543/2821 (F61) 0256-7 (27 April 1964).
  • <3> Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 83 SW. MD002197.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 8189 3376 (979m by 433m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS83SW
Civil Parish WITHYPOOL AND HAWKRIDGE, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 83 SW117
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1492100

Record last edited

May 15 2018 1:48PM

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