MSO7671 - World War Two observation post on North Hill (Monument)
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Type and Period (1)
Centred at SS 92612 48244 is a flat topped earthen mound. It lies on open moorland immediately south of enclosed farmland. It measures approximately 28 metres by 12 metres and is 2.7 metres high, although precise measurements are difficult to obtain due to the dense gorse on the mound. The northern face of the mound has a length of concrete walling visible in it. It is 8.5 metres long and 0.7 metres high and has a projecting angle towards one end. The feature is associated with World War Two activity on North Hill and may be an observation post.  The mound referred to above  is visible as an earthwork on aerial photographs. The mound is centred at SS 9262 4824 and measures about 27 metres long by 13 metres wide and is as described in . [2,3] An underground structure identified from 1946 aerial photographs at SS 9266 4821 with a large open front to the north.  Possibly visible from the air in 1993.  A large low mound covered in thick gorse.  This observation/target operating dugout seems to have a different plan to other visible dugouts on the range. The projecting front angle probably has slit windows, sealable with steel shutters, on each face of the projection, allowing a wider field of view to the east and west of the dugout. The dugout was probably part of the target layout for the battle practice range as it does not seem to fit in with the likely arcs of fire from either Range A or Range B. Similar dugouts, with triangular projections, exist at both of the former AFV ranges at Castlemartin, Pembrokeshire and Warcop, Cumbria. The dugout is probably intact beneath the mound. Site visit February 1998. 
- <1> SMO5111 Unpublished document: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. Field Investigators Comment. RCHME Field Investigation, 26 February 1998.
- <2> SSO364 Aerial photograph: July 1946. RAF 106G\UK\1655 4005 to 4013.
- <3> SMO4068 Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/79013 162-163 (17 April 1979).
- <4>XY SMO7542 Archive: Severn Estuary Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment: SS 94 NW. MD000133. [Mapped feature: #46807 ]
- <5> SSO405 Aerial photograph: 1993. SCC Geonex Run 3. 85.
- <6> SEM8675 Verbal communication: Various. 1900-. Somerset County Council / South West Heritage Trust staff comments. Chris Webster, SMR Officer, July 1998.
- <7> SEM8675 Verbal communication: Various. 1900-. Somerset County Council / South West Heritage Trust staff comments. Adrian James, February 1998.
|Grid reference||Centred SS 92624 48243 (47m by 47m) (Aerial survey)|
|Civil Parish||MINEHEAD WITHOUT, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET|
Related Monuments/Buildings (5)
- Part of: World War Two tank training range at Bossington and North Hill and Selworthy Beacon (Monument) (MMO627)
- Related to: World War Two observation post east of East Myne Farm (Monument) (MSO7668)
- Related to: World War Two observation post on North Hill (Monument) (MSO7667)
- Related to: World War Two observation post on North Hill (Monument) (MSO7669)
- Related to: World War Two observation post on North Hill (Monument) (MSO7670)
Related Events/Activities (2)
External Links (2)
- http://www.pastscape.org.uk/hob.aspx?hob_id=1124640 (Original Monarch entry: 1124640)
- https://heritagerecords.nationaltrust.org.uk/HBSMR/MonRecord.aspx?uid=MNA167609 (National Trust HER entry: MNA167609)
- Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO784
- Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO12334
- National Monuments Record reference: SS 94 NW120
- National Park
- National Trust HER Record: MNA167609
- Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1124640
- Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 35522
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