MSO12705 - World War Two slit trench at Hadborough (Monument)


One of a number practice slit trenches dug during World War Two.

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Type and Period (1)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A system of slit trenches, probably constructed during World War Two encircle the northern side of the summit of Hadborough. They stretch in a dispersed and irregular line from SS 95747 28756 in the west to SS 96486 28642 in the east, a distance in excess of 1 kilometre. Each trench takes the form of a small rectangular pit measuring between 3 and 4 metres long and a little over 2 metres wide, and 0.4 metres deep. Usually on the downslope side is a corresponding spoil heap up to 0.5 metres high. Group surveyed with GPS, February 1998. (One example surveyed at 1:200 scale.) [1,2]

Sources/Archives (4)

  • --- Technical drawing: Riley, H.. 1998. Hadborough World War II slit trench/pencil survey. Unknown. Permatrace. Unknown.
  • <1> Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R.. Various. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 24 February 1998.
  • <2> Report: Wilson-North, R.. 1998. Haddon Hill, Brompton Regis, Somerset: An archaeological survey by the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. RCHME.
  • <3> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1132684, Extant 4 April 2022.

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO8996
  • Local List Status (Unassessed)
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 92 NE36
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1132684
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 35918



Grid reference SS 9649 2866 (point)
Map sheet SS92NE

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Record last edited

Apr 4 2022 3:59PM


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