MSO7017 - World War Two observation post at Elsworthy (Monument)


The remains of a probable Second World War observation post for the shelling of Tom's Hill and Larkbarrow Farms.

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  • None recorded

Full Description

A roofed trench, 7 metres long and 2.5 metres wide, is revetted with conifer posts and roofed with corrugated iron. It is probably a Second World War observation post for the shelling of Tom's Hill and Larkbarrow Farms. [1,2] The remains of a subterranean World War Two observation building lie on the northern slopes of Elsworthy (The National Grid Reference given by [1 or 2] has not been confirmed). The structure comprises a rectangular hollow dug into the hillside, measuring 8.6 metres by 5.9 metres and 1.9 metres deep. This hollow was originally roofed over: a wooden framework supporting a corrugated iron roof. The whole presumably covered with soil. Traces of the timber uprights and corrugated iron survive in situ in a very dilapidated state. The structure had an excellent vantage point from which to observe the artillery target area at Larkbarrow Farm. [3] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [4]

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <1>XY Survey: Western Archaeological Trust. 1980s. Exmoor National Park Field Survey. R McDonnell, 11 November 1982. [Mapped feature: #38246 ]
  • <2> Report: McDonnell, R.. 1985. Recommendations for the Management of Archaeological Sites in the Exmoor National Park at Warren, Pinford, Tom's Hill and Hayes Allotment. P.71 (site 181).
  • <3> Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 17 November 1995.
  • <4> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 974776, Extant 6 July 2021.



Grid reference Centred SS 8117 4160 (14m by 10m) Estimated from sources
Map sheet SS84SW

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11015
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 84 SW103
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 974776
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 33154

Record last edited

Jul 6 2021 4:42PM


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