MSO7624 - Alleged site of undated beacons on North Hill (Monument)


Three alleged earthworks noted in 1983, said to be the bases of beacons, could not be found during field investigation in 1998.

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SS 9332 4766. These rough earthworks surrounded by a broken boundary. They may be the bases of beacons referred to in Hancock. [1,2] No trace of these features could be found at the National Grid Reference cited. [3] The earthworks referred to above [1,2] cannot be clearly identified from the available aerial photography. Aerial photographs taken in 1946 show numerous tank tracks, mainly orientated from east to west. The later photography shows a possible rectangular enclosure centred at SS 9338 4766 but this is probably due to the earlier Second World War tank training (MSO7678). [4,5]

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <1> Monograph: Hancock, F. 1903. History of Minehead.
  • <2>XY Article in serial: Osborn, B.. 1983. Parish surveys in Somerset five: Minehead Without. Proceedings of the Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society. 5. [Mapped feature: #46823 ]
  • <3> Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 26 Feb 1998.
  • <4> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF/106G/UK/1655 3012-3013 (11 July 1946).
  • <5> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF/541/544 3007-3008 (1 June 1950).
  • <6> Archive: Severn Estuary Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment: SS 94 NW. MD000133.



Grid reference SS 9332 4766 (point)
Map sheet SS94NW

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO280
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO12426
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 94 NW66
  • National Park
  • National Trust HER Record
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 866772
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 35626

Record last edited

Nov 25 2020 9:19AM


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