MSO12472 - World War Two military buildings at North Hill (Monument)


Two buildings are shown in this location on historic aerial photographs but no longer appear to be extant.

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Two buildings are visible at SS 95422 47427 on an 1946 aerial photograph. There is no evidence for these on the ground which has recently been planted with trees. [1,2] RAF aerial photographs show the buildings further to the north than the RCHME National Grid Reference associated with the tank ramps. Part of tank marshalling area MSO626. [3] SS 9546 4746 A Second World War tank marshalling area, visible as buildings, structures and roads, was mapped from aerial photographs taken in 1946. Located in Moor Wood on Minehead's North Hill, the features are associated with the extensive military training area and tank firing range that covered North Hill during the war. Two Nissen huts are located 7 metres to the southwest of the ramp building (MSO12469). Aligned northeast to southwest together, the western hut (SS 9544 4744) about 11 metres long and 4 metres wide, the east hut (SS 9545 4743) 10 metres long and 4 metres wide. [4]

Sources/Archives (9)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: 1946. RAF 106G\UK\1665 3009 and 4005.
  • <2> Report: Riley, H. and Wilson-North, R.. 1997. The field archaeology of North Hill: An archaeological survey of the Exmoor National Park holding. D, SS 94 NE 60, p13,26.
  • <3> Verbal communication: Various. Various. Oral Information. C Webster, Somerset SMR, Somerset County Council, March 1998.
  • <4> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF 106G/UK/1655 4004-4005, 3007-8 (11 July 1946).
  • <5> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF 541/544 3004-3005 (1 June 1950).
  • <6> Aerial photograph: Aerial photograph reference number . NMR SS 9547/8 21106/04 (9 February 2001).
  • <7> Website: Various. Various. World Wide Web page. P Batchelor (2005) "American tanks"
  • <8> Website: Various. Various. World Wide Web page. D Parsons 2005 "War Years, North Hill"
  • <9>XY Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 94 NE. MD002175. [Mapped features: #42953 Northwestern building, D, p13; #46201 Southeastern building, D, p13]

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Other Statuses/References

  • Local List Status (Unassessed)
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 94 NE60
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1102188
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 35673



Grid reference Centred SS 9544 4743 (17m by 16m)
Map sheet SS94NE

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Record last edited

Aug 17 2020 12:24PM


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