MSO10174 - World War Two bomb crater northwest of Three Combes Head (Monument)


A crater of 11 metres diameter may be the result of jettisoned bombs or the controlled destruction of ordnance following the post World War Two clearance of this site.

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A large bomb crater, centred SS 8251 4424, lies 300 metres to the northwest of Three Combes Foot on rough grassland, at about 385 metres above Ordnance Dayi,. The crater, 11 metres in diameter and 3 metres in depth, may be related to enemy bombing raids during World War Two, as planes would often waste bombs on open country. Alternatively, it could represent the location of a controlled explosion carried out by the military to dispose of World War Two ordnance in the years following 1945. [1] The crater was recorded at 1:2500 scale using differential GPS as part of an archaeological survey of the Larkbarrow area. The survey was carried out by the Exeter office of English Heritage at the request of the Exmoor National Park Authority. A client report was produced as part of the survey work and is available from the NMRC, Swindon. [2] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [3]

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <1> Unpublished document: JAMIESON, EJ. Field Investigators Comments. English Heritage Field Investigation, 2001.
  • <2> Report: Jamieson, E.. 2001. Larkbarrow Farm, Exmoor, Somerset. English Heritage.
  • <3> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1343931, Updated 17 March 2022.



Grid reference SS 8250 4424 (point) Surveyed
Map sheet SS84SW

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Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 84 SW180
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1343931
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 15240

Record last edited

Mar 17 2022 2:39PM


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