MSO7682 - World War Two observation post above Henners Combe (Monument)
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An underground structure identified from 1946 aerial photographs. It appears to be a large bunker with an open front to the north, which is approached by a road. See MMO627 for overall details.  Still visible in 1993 in an area of cultivated land, probably with the mound removed.  The remains of an observation post lie in enclosed land above Henners Combe at SS 9141 4851. The site was surveyed using differential GPS as part of the RCHME Exmoor project. The remains comprise a large circular mound, 10 metres in diameter and 2 metres high, of stone and concrete rubble. A concrete wall survives on the east and west sides. The site functioned as part of the World War Two tank training ranges on Bossington Hill, Selworthy Beacon and North Hill.  The observation post referred to above  is visible as an earthwork on aerial photographs. The post is defined by an earthen mound that is centred at SS 9141 4851 and which measures 18 metres by 11 metres. The mound has subsequently been partially levelled by 1998 during field investigations leaving a smaller mound that measures 14 metres by 10 metres and 2 metres high. The post was part of the Second World War tank training activities recorded as MMO627. [1,4,5] Probably site of observation/target dugout used as part of battle practice range. Destroyed by explosives. Surviving walls brick shuttered reinforced concrete 0.95 metres thick. [6,7] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. 
- <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> SMO7322 Unpublished document: Riley, H.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 1998.
- <4> SMO4068 Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR SS 9148/7 (18283/01) (10 February 1999).
- <5>XY SMO7542 Archive: Dickson, A.. 2007. Severn Estuary Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment: SS 94 NW. MD000133. [Mapped feature: #46800 ]
- <6> SEM8675 Verbal communication: Various. 1900-. Somerset County Council / South West Heritage Trust staff comments. Adrian James, 14 February 1997.
- <7> 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.
- <8> SEM7987 Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1132562, Extant 12 May 2022.
|Grid reference||Centred SS 9141 4850 (33m by 33m)|
|Civil Parish||MINEHEAD WITHOUT, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET|
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External Links (2)
- http://www.pastscape.org.uk/hob.aspx?hob_id=1132562 (Original Monarch entry: 1132562)
- https://heritagerecords.nationaltrust.org.uk/HBSMR/MonRecord.aspx?uid=MNA167646 (National Trust HER entry: MNA167646)
- Admiralty Chart: 35515
- Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO944
- Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO12327
- National Monuments Record reference: SS 94 NW153
- National Trust HER Record: MNA167646
- NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1132562
- Somerset SMR PRN: 35515
Record last edited
May 12 2022 11:33AM
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