MSO12476 - World War Two accommodation or administration building at North Hill (Monument)

Summary

Remains of a Nissen hut that acted as accommodation or an administration building for the radar station and / or the tank marshalling area during the Second World War.

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Protected Status

Full Description

The concrete base of a nissen hut 11 metres by 5 metres terraced into the hillside with scarp to the west and south 0.8 metres high. Probably an accommodation or administration building for the radar station (MSO12288) but could be part of the tank marshalling area (MMO626). It was part of a much larger group of buildings at this location. [1] SS 9544 4753 Second World War military buildings, visible as structures, were mapped from aerial photographs taken in 1946. Located on Minehead's North Hill, six military Nissen huts of about 11 metres long and 5 metres wide (SS 9541 4753, SS 9543 4753, SS 9545 4754, SS 9543 4752, SS 9547 4754, SS 9545 4750) and a military building about 6 metres by 4 metres (SS 9544 4751), clustered around the western end of Moor Wood, are associated with both the CD/CHL radar station immediately north and the extensive tank firing range and marshalling area that covers North Hill during the war. It is not possible to identify which buildings relate to which military activity being undertaken, but the buildings are likely to have been a mix of accommodation and administrative functions for the staff of the two facilities. Although the concrete bases were still extant, the buildings were no longer visible in 1950. [2-5] 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> Report: Riley, H. and Wilson-North, R.. 1997. The field archaeology of North Hill: An archaeological survey of the Exmoor National Park holding. RCHME. F, p13,27.
  • <2> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF 106G/UK/1655 3007-3008 (11 July 1946).
  • <3> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF 106G/UK/1655 4004-4005 (11 July 1946).
  • <4> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF 541/544 3004-3005 (1 June 1950).
  • <5>XY Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 94 NE. MD002175. [Mapped feature: #42955 ]
  • <6> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1102237, Extant 10 May 2022.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 9545 4754 (7m by 13m)
Map sheet SS94NE
Civil Parish MINEHEAD WITHOUT, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Related Events/Activities (3)

External Links (1)

Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO634
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO7599
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 94 NE63
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1102237
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 35677

Record last edited

May 10 2022 10:55AM

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