MSO12480 - Possible World War Two ablutions block at North Hill (Monument)


The base of a brick building, possibly an ablutions block. It was part of a wider series of accommodation or admininstration buildings associated with the nearby radar base or tank training area.

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The base of a brick building 9 by 2 metres with two internal divisions. Could be an ablutions block. In poor condiion. Probably accommodation or adminstration building for the radar station (MSO12288) but could be part of the tank marshalling area (MMO626). The building is orientated northnortheast to southsouthwest. [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. N.B. This building was not transcribed as part of the NMP work.[2-4]

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <1> Report: Riley, H. and Wilson-North, R.. 1997. The field archaeology of North Hill: An archaeological survey of the Exmoor National Park holding. J, 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> Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 94 NE. MD002175.



Grid reference SS 9540 4752 (point) (Aerial survey)
Map sheet SS94NE

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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
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1102237
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 35681

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Aug 17 2020 12:24PM


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