MSO7681 - World War Two observation post above Henners Combe (Monument)
Please read the caveat document.
Type and Period (1)
An underground structure identified from 1946 aerial photographs with an open front facing north. See MMO627 for overall details.  Still visible in 1993 in an area of cultivated land, probably with the mound removed.  A destroyed concrete structure is visible in the farmland. One large lump of concrete lies outside the field suggesting that the structure was demolished by explosives.  The remains of an observation post lie in enclosed land above Henners Combe, at SS 9145 4873. The site was surveyed using differential GPS as part of the RCHME Exmoor project. The remains ruinous brick and concrete walls, surviving up to 1 metre high. To the north is a mound of demolition rubble 10 by 10 by 1 metre high. This was associated with the World War Two tank training ranges on Bossington Hill, Selworthy Beacon and North Hill.  A Second World War observation post is visible as an earthwork on aerial photographs. The post is defined by an earthen mound that measures 35 metres by 27 metres. The mound has subsequently been levelled by 1998 during field investigations leaving a roofless building constructed of brick and concrete and surviving up to 1 metre high which would have been originally encased in the mound. The post was part of the Second World War tank training activities recorded as MSO627. [1,5,6] Probably site of observation/target dugout used as part of battle practice range. Destroyed by explosives. [7-8]
- <1> SSO364 Aerial photograph: July 1946. RAF 106G\UK\1655 4005 to 4013. 4011-4012.
- <2> SSO405 Aerial photograph: 1993. SCC Geonex Run 3. 85.
- <3> SEM8675 Verbal communication: Various. 1900-. Somerset County Council / South West Heritage Trust staff comments. Chris Webster, SMR Officer, July 1998.
- <4> SMO7322 Unpublished document: Riley, H.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 1998.
- <5> SMO4069 Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Oblique Aerial Photograph. NMR SS 9148/7 (18283/01) (10 February 1999).
- <6>XY SMO7542 Archive: Severn Estuary Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment: SS 94 NW. MD000133. [Mapped feature: #46801 ]
- <7> SEM8675 Verbal communication: Various. 1900-. Somerset County Council / South West Heritage Trust staff comments. Adrian James, 14 February 1997.
- <8> SSO706 Article in serial: War diary of 12th Canadian Army Tank Battalion (The Three Rivers Regiment) for 1942. National Archives of Canada, RG 42. Volume 18204.
|Grid reference||Centred SS 9145 4871 (67m by 67m) (Aerial survey)|
|Civil Parish||MINEHEAD WITHOUT, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET|
Related Monuments/Buildings (1)
Related Events/Activities (2)
External Links (2)
- http://www.pastscape.org.uk/hob.aspx?hob_id=1132553 (Original Monarch entry: 1132553)
- https://heritagerecords.nationaltrust.org.uk/HBSMR/MonRecord.aspx?uid=MNA167645 (National Trust HER entry: MNA167645)
- Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO940
- Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO12328
- National Monuments Record reference: SS 94 NW152
- National Trust HER Record: MNA167645
- Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1132553
- Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 35516
Record last edited
Nov 11 2020 5:00PM
Your feedback is welcome. If you can provide any new information about this record, please contact us.