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


The remains of a World War Two 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 World War Two 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] Known as Range A firing triangle. [2] 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. [3-7] The feature is visible on 2020 MasterMap data. [8]

Sources/Archives (8)

  • <1> Unpublished document: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. Field Investigators Comment. RCHME Field Investigation, 7 May 1998.
  • <2> Unassigned: James, Adrian. 14/6/2006. A. email to SCC.
  • <3> Aerial photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 -1948. Vertical Aerial Photography. RAF/106G/UK/1655 3013-3014 (11 July 1946).
  • <4> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Oblique Aerial Photograph. NMR SS9347/1 (18047/18) (19 May 1998).
  • <5> Website: 2007.
  • <6> Digital archive: 2002. Defence of Britain. DEB01.
  • <7> Archive: Severn Estuary Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment: SS 94 NW. MD000133.
  • <8>XY Map: Ordnance Survey. 2020. MasterMap data. 1:2,500. [Mapped feature: #46802 ]



Grid reference Centred SS 9304 4775 (176m by 181m)
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

Mar 2 2021 1:27PM


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