MSO7676 - World War Two observation post at Selworthy Beacon (Monument)

Summary

A massive disturbed mound, probably a World War Two observation post associated with the nearby target railway. It measuries 23m by 20m and 2.4m high, with evidence of walling.

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Full Description

An underground structure identified from 1949 aerial photographs possibly visible in 1993. See MMO627 for overall details. [1] Site obscured by thick gorse in 1998. [2] Centred at SS 92341 48323 is a World War Two observation post. It survives as a massive disturbed mound measuring 23 metres by 20 metres and 2.4 metres high very overgrown by dense gorse. On the northern side traces of a concrete structure are visible in the face of the mound, the remains suggest that the structure was about 9.8 metres long. [3] The observation post referred to above [3] is visible as an earthwork on aerial photographs. The post is defined by an earthen mound that is centred at SS 9235 4833 and which measures 30 metres by 24 metres. The post was part of the Second World War tank training activities recorded as MMO627. [4-6] This observation/target operating dugout was part of the target facilities for the Range B (MSO8084) and is associated with the firing circuit on Selworthy Beacon. [7]

Sources/Archives (7)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Geonex. 1993. Aerial photographs, Run 3. Geonex. Run 3. 85.
  • <2> Verbal communication: Various. 1900-. Somerset County Council / South West Heritage Trust staff comments. Chris Webster, SMR Officer, July 1998.
  • <3> Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 7 April 1998.
  • <4> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF/106G/UK/1655 4011-4012 (11 July 1946).
  • <5> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/79013 161-162 (17 April 1979).
  • <6>XY Archive: Severn Estuary Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment: SS 94 NW. MD000133. [Mapped feature: #46805 ]
  • <7> Verbal communication: Various. 1900-. Somerset County Council / South West Heritage Trust staff comments. Adrian James, 7 June 2006.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 92354 48332 (52m by 53m)
Map sheet SS94NW
Civil Parish MINEHEAD WITHOUT, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO827
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO12333
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 94 NW134
  • National Park
  • National Trust HER Record: MNA167623
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1131099
  • Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 35521

Record last edited

Nov 16 2020 1:10PM

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