MMO3233 - Possible World War Two military earthworks west of North Molton Ridge (Monument)

Summary

A group of small, shallow circular pits or hollows are visible on aerial photographs taken in 1946. It is possible that these shallow marks are the remains of gun emplacements dating from the Second World War.

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Full Description

A group of small, shallow circular pits or hollows are visible on aerial photographs taken in 1946 on moorland west of North Molton Ridge, North Molton. This group, centred at approximately SS 7693 3225, consists of four circular pits, each with a flattened southern edge and arranged in a roughly linear pattern with each pit measuring approximately 9-10 metres across. Their precise function is uncertain, but given that they only appear on 1946 photographs they may be military in origin, probably dating to the Second World War. According to Burton, large field guns were stationed across North Molton Ridge during the war, and it is possible that these shallow marks are the remains of gun emplacements. [1-3]

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF 106G/UK/1420 3447-48 (15 April 1946).
  • <2> Monograph: Burton, R.A.. 1989. The Heritage of Exmoor. Roger A. Burton. 223, 225.
  • <3> Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 73 SE. MD002195.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 7694 3225 (109m by 69m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS73SE
Civil Parish NORTH MOLTON, NORTH DEVON, DEVON

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Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 73 SE92
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1492832

Record last edited

Mar 28 2017 1:25PM

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