MSO7678 - Tank training circuit A on North Hill (Monument)


The remains of a World War II tank training circuit on North Hill, visible as a triangular area associated with the nearby target railway. Each side measures 140 metres long.

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A WWII tank training circuit centred at SS 9304 4775. It is one of three such circuits built on North Hill. They are all triangular in plan, with sides 140 metres long, and each comprises a carefully constructed roadway up to 1 metre high and 6 metres wide, usually built of quarried stone ballast. Each circuit operated in conjunction with a target railway some 550 metres away. (1-2) Known as Range A firing triangle. (3) The tank circuit is visible as an earthwork on aerial photographs. A source suggests that these were possibly built by conscientious objectors during the war. (4-6)

Sources/Archives (8)

  • <1> Unpublished document: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. Field Investigators Comment. Wilson-North, R. 07/05/1998.
  • <2> Survey: RCHME. 1998. Exmoor survey. NMR site SS 94 NW 140.
  • <3> Unassigned: James, Adrian. 14/6/2006. email to SCC.
  • <4> Aerial photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 -1948. Vertical Aerial Photography. RAF/106G/UK/1655 3013-3014. 11/07/1946.
  • <5> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Oblique Aerial Photograph. NMR SS9347/1 (18047/18). 19/05/1998.
  • <6> Website: 2007.
  • <7> Digital archive: 2002. Defence of Britain. DEB01.
  • <8> Archive: Severn Estuary Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment: SS 94 NW. MD000133.



Grid reference Centred SS 9304 4776 (175m by 148m)
Map sheet SS94NW

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Other Statuses/References

  • DoB Non Anti Invasion Database UID: 96
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO835
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO12324
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 94 NW140
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • National Trust HER Record
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1132199
  • Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 35512

Record last edited

Aug 17 2020 12:26PM


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