MSO12602 - World War Two accommodation or administration building at North Hill (Monument)

Summary

Remains of a small building with a concrete base 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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Type and Period (1)

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Full Description

A small, 2 by 2.5 metre concrete base aligned east to west. Adjacent to it is a loose piece of brickwork resembling the top of a gate post 1.5 bricks each side, mortat coated on the top and sides. [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. The building was not recorded by the NMP survey. [2-5]

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <1> Verbal communication: Various. Various. Oral Information or Staff Comments. Chris Webster, SMR Officer, Somerset County Council, July 1998.
  • <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: Severn Estuary Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment: SS 94 NE. MD000134.

Map

Location

Grid reference SS 9544 4749 (point) (Aerial survey)
Map sheet SS94NE
Civil Parish MINEHEAD WITHOUT, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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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: 35813

Record last edited

Jul 8 2019 3:47PM

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