MSO7667 - World War Two observation post on North Hill (Monument)


An earthen mound, probably an observation post associated with World War II tank training on North Hill. It measures 37m by 28m and 3.9 m high, and is topped by mortared stone walling.

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An underground structure identified from 1946 aerial photographs with two structures visible on the top. One appears to be a rectangular pit, the other a similar shaped area of concrete. [1] Possibly still visible in 1993. [2] The mound is visible as an earthwork on aerial photographs. The mound is centred at SS 9345 4819 and measures about 32m long by 16m wide. A structure on the north side was probably the observation post for the adjacent target railway (MSO7665). [1,3,4] Centred at SS 93455 48199 is a substantial flat topped earthen mound. It is overgrown with gorse and is difficult to observe, nevertheless it measures 37 m by 28 m and stands to 3.9 m high. On its summit is a 5.3 m length of mortared stone walling just visible through the turf. At each end this walling returns for about 2 m before continuing as slight earthen banks, which become lost in the gorse. To the south is a stony bank 6 m long and 0.6 m high.This feature is best interpreted as an observation post, probably associated with the WWII tank training ranges on North Hill. [5] This site was not visited, but it is likely to be an observation/target operating dugout for Range A, associated with the firing triangle at MSO7678. The rectangular pit described above tends to indicate that this might be a pull-up target dugout, similar to those to the west of both Range A and Range B moving targets. [6]

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: July 1946. RAF 106G\UK\1655 4005 to 4013. RAF/106G/UK/1655 4010-4011 11-JUL-1946.
  • <2> Aerial photograph: 1993. SCC Geonex Run 3. 85.
  • <3> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/79013 163-164 17-APR-1979.
  • <4> Verbal communication: Dickson, Amanda D. 2007-2009. RCHME/EH Aerial Photographers Comment (Severn Estuary NMP).
  • <5> Unpublished document: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. Field Investigators Comment. R Wilson-North 26 Feb 1998 RCHME Field Investigation.
  • <6> Unassigned: James, Adrian. 7/6/2006. Staff comments.



Grid reference Centred SS 93463 48203 (58m by 47m) (Aerial survey)
Map sheet SS94NW

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO780
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO12337
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 94 NW116
  • National Park
  • National Trust HER Record: MNA167604
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1124600
  • Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 35525

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Aug 17 2020 12:26PM


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