MSO7664 - World War Two mound at western end of Target Railway A (Monument)


A flat-topped earthen mound at the western end of a World War Two target railway. It measures 18 metres by 9 metres and up to 3.7 metres high and may have contained a concrete structure for housing the targets and operators.

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A flat topped earthen mound measuring 18 metres by 9 metres and up to 3.7 metres high. On its northern side is the western end of a target railway (MSO7665), and it is clear that this mound served as protection for the target and its operators. It may well have contained a structure, as there are several large pieces of reinforced concrete nearby. [1] Probably the site of the dugout used to house the target trolleys used on the moving target railway associated with Range A. This would have been a reinforced concrete structure, protected by a large mound.The site was destroyed by explosives. [2] The mound is visible as an earthwork on aerial photographs. The mound is centred at SS 9303 4863 and measures 36 metres long by 15 metres wide. A structure on the north side of the mound probably housed the target trolleys used on the moving target railway (MSO7665). [3-5]

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <1> Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 26 February 1998.
  • <2> Verbal communication: Various. 1900-. Somerset County Council / South West Heritage Trust staff comments. Adrian James, Site visit report, 16 February 1998.
  • <3> Aerial photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 -1948. Vertical Aerial Photography. RAF/106G/UK/1655 4010-4011 (11 July 1946).
  • <4> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/79013 162-163 (17 April 1979).
  • <5>XY Archive: Severn Estuary Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment: SS 94 NW. MD000133. [Mapped feature: #42975 ]



Grid reference Centred SS 93039 48369 (49m by 34m) (Aerial survey)
Map sheet SS94NW

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO778
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO12635
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 94 NW113
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • National Trust HER Record: MNA167601
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1124034
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 35846

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Nov 16 2020 4:47PM


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