MSO8085 - World War Two tank range structure at North Hill (Monument)

Summary

A flat topped earthern mound is possibly a World War Two observation post or buried "pull-up" target dugout associated with the nearby target railway (MSO8084). It has been damaged by agricultural activity.

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Protected Status

Full Description

At SS 9225 4845 is a large, gorse covered mound, all that remains of a tank range bunker in the same relationship to the target track MSO8084 as MSO8099 is to track MSO8096. [1] Centred at SS 92180 48500 is a flat topped earthen mound. It measures 32 metres by 20 metres and is 4 metres high. Its top has been disturbed by recent farming activity. The mound is probably associated with the nearby target railway (MSO8084) and is clearly of World War Two date. It may be an observation post. [2] The mound referred to above [2] is visible as an earthwork on aerial photographs. The mound is centred at SS 9219 4850 and measures 27 metres long by 19 metres wide and is as described above. [3-5] This is probably a buried "pull-up" target dugout, however there is no sign of the target frame (see MSO8097). [6]

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <1> Verbal communication: Various. 1900-. Somerset County Council / South West Heritage Trust staff comments. Chris Webster, SMR Officer, July 1998.
  • <2> Unpublished document: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. Field Investigators Comment. RCHME Field Investigation, 7 April 1998.
  • <3> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF/106G/UK/1655 4010-4011 (11 July 1946).
  • <4> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/79013 161-162 (17 April 1979).
  • <5>XY Archive: Severn Estuary Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment: SS 94 NW. MD000133. [Mapped feature: #42988 ]
  • <6> Verbal communication: Various. 1900-. Somerset County Council / South West Heritage Trust staff comments. Adrian James, 19 June 2006.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 92200 48501 (42m by 37m) (Aerial survey)
Map sheet SS94NW
Civil Parish SELWORTHY, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO821
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO12599
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 94 NW127
  • National Park
  • National Trust HER Record: MNA168311
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1131084
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 35810

Record last edited

Nov 4 2020 2:52PM

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