MSO8099 - World War Two observation post on Bossington Hill (Monument)

Summary

The remains of a military structure, probably an observation post, associated with the World War II tank training range on Bossington Hill. It is visible as a mound measuring 35m by 20m and 2m high.

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Full Description

In front (southwest) of the southeast end of the tank gunnery range target track (MSO8096) is a large raised earthwork platform. See MSO8097 and MMO1496 for similar platforms. [1] The remains of a military structure lie on Bossington Hill, close to the target railway, at SS 9118 4805. The feature was surveyed using differential GPS as part of the RCHME Exmoor project. It comprises a low, grass and gorse covered mound, 35 x 20 x 2m high. No structural features are visible but it probably functioned as an observation post for the WWII tank training range on Bossington Hill. [2] The possible observation post referred to above [2] is visible as an earthwork on aerial photographs. The post is defined by an earthen mound that is centred at SS 9118 4805 and measures 24m by 20m. A concrete structure on top of the mound probably represents the entrance. The post was part of the Second World War tank training activities recorded as MSO627. [3,4]

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <1> Unassigned: Webster, Chris. July 1998. Comments from SMRO.
  • <2> Unpublished document: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. Field Investigators Comment. Riley H 1998 RCHME Field Investigation.
  • <3> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF/106G/UK/1655 3016-3017 11-JUL-1946.
  • <4> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/79013 160-161 17-APR-1979.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 9118 4805 (40m by 39m)
Map sheet SS94NW
Civil Parish SELWORTHY, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO881
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO12587
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 94 NW147
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1132305
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 35795

Record last edited

Aug 17 2020 12:28PM

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