MSO7602 - World War Two slit trenches east of the radar station on North Hill (Monument)


A curving line of 14 slit trenches for the defence of the World War Two radar station on North Hill.

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Full Description

A line of 14 slit trenches lies on North Hill, between SS 95423 47736 and 95491 47696. They were recorded as part of the RCHME survey of the ENPA holding on North Hill. Full details in survey report. [1] SS 9546 4772 At least eleven Second World War slit trenches, visible as curvilinear earthworks, were mapped from aerial photographs taken in 1946. The 70 metres long alignment of slit trenches (SS 9542 4773 to SS 9548 4770) is located on Minehead's North Hill, in the open land 65 metres seaward of the military buildings of Coastal Defence Chain Home Low radar station no. M116 (MSO12288). Each trench is about 2 to 3 metres long and 1 metre wide and appears to have the spoil from the slit trench piled to the seaward (north) side. The slit trenches were still visible in 2001. [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.
  • <2> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF 106G/UK/1655 4004-4005 (11 July 1946).
  • <3> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Oblique Aerial Photograph. NMR SS 9547/10 (21106/06) (9 February 2001).
  • <4> Archive: Crowther, S.. 2007. Severn Estuary Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment: SS 94 NE. MD000134.
  • <5> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1102242, Extant 10 May 2022.

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO637
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO12485
  • Local List Status (Unassessed)
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 94 NE64
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1102242
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 35686



Grid reference Centred SS 95456 47719 (65m by 34m) Centred on
Map sheet SS94NE

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Record last edited

May 10 2022 11:12AM


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