MSO12495 - Possible World War Two guard hut on North Hill (Monument)


A concrete pad that appears to have supported a World War Two Nissen hut, 11 metres long and 4 metres wide, which was associated with the military training area on North Hill and may have served as a guard room or orderly room.

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The concrete pads for two military buildings lie on either side of the military road on North Hill at SS 95558 47286 and SS 95545 47268, measuring 11 by 5 metres and 10.5 by 7.5 metres. These buildings probably guarded access to the World War Two training area on North Hill. They were recorded as part of the RCHME survey of the ENPA holding on North Hill. [1] SS 9555 4726 The Second World War military building, visible as a structure, was mapped from aerial photographs taken in 1946. Located along the south side of Hill Road directly opposite a larger building, the building (SS 9554 4726) appears to be of a Nissen hut design. Aligned NW-SE alongside Hill Road, it is about 11 metres long and 4 metres wide. Both buildings are associated with the extensive military training area, tank firing range and tank marshalling area that covered North Hill during the war and although it is not possible to positively identify the function of the structures; their location at the side of the main military access road to the area suggests they may have been a guardroom/orderly room. Although the concrete bases are still extant, the buildings were no longer visible in 1950. [2-4] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [5]

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. RCHME. SS 94 NE 66, p12,28.
  • <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 541/544 3004-3005 (1 June 1950).
  • <4>XY Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 94 NE. MD002175. [Mapped feature: #42961 p12]
  • <5> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1102262, Extant 10 May 2022.



Grid reference Centred SS 9554 4726 (16m by 14m)
Map sheet SS94NE

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO643
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO7608
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 94 NE66
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1102262
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 35696

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May 10 2022 11:22AM


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