MMO629 - World War Two mortar position on North Hill (Monument)


A possible Second World War mortar position is visible as a "U" shaped stony mound measuring between 7.8 and 9.2 metres across. It is associated with Second World War military activity and is best interpreted as a dug out or mortar position.

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sCentred at SS 94422 47602 is a `U' shaped stony mound or bank. It measures between 7.8 and 9.2 metres across. The bank is well constructed, 0.4 m high and comprises fist-sized stones and earth. It is clearly military in function and is best interpreted as either a dug-out or mortar position. About 14 metres to the east-south-east is a spread of stony material probably associated with it. Found during field reconnaissance and surveyed at 1:2500 scale as part of RCHME's survey of the Exmoor National Park holding on North Hill. [1,2] The mound referred to above [1,2] is visible as an earthwork on aerial photographs. The roughly U shaped mound is centred at SS 9442 4760 and measures about 9 metres by 8 metres. The mound is associated with other adjacent Second World War military tank training activities recorded as MMO627, including a possible slit trench and training targets recorded as MMO636 and MMO1491 respectively. [3-5] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [6]

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <1> Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R.. Various. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 13 November 1997.
  • <2> Report: Riley, H. and Wilson-North, R.. 1997. The field archaeology of North Hill: An archaeological survey of the Exmoor National Park holding. RCHME. SS 94 NW 87, p12, 25.
  • <3> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF/106G/UK/1655 3010-3011 (11 July 1946).
  • <4> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Oblique Aerial Photograph. NMR SS 9447/12 (21106/11) (9 February 2001).
  • <5>XY Archive: Dickson, A.. 2007. Severn Estuary Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment: SS 94 NW. MD000133. [Mapped feature: #42932 ]
  • <6> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1102207, Extant 11 May 2022.



Grid reference Centred SS 9442 4760 (15m by 15m) Aerial Survey
Map sheet SS94NW

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO12452
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO7618
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 94 NW87
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1102207
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 35653

Record last edited

May 11 2022 3:57PM


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