MMO3236 - Possible World War Two gun emplacements northeast of North Molton Ridge (Monument)

Summary

A group of four 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.

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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 northeast of North Molton Ridge, North Molton. This group, centred at approximately SS 7896 3309, consists of four circular pits, each with a flattened southern edge and arranged in a roughly zig-zag 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/1655 4247-48 (11 July 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 7897 3309 (233m by 68m) (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 SE95
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1492843

Record last edited

Mar 27 2017 3:24PM

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