MSO8107 - Tank training circuit B on Selworthy Beacon (Monument)


The remains of a World War II tank training circuit on Selworthy Beacon, of a triangular shape and constructed of local stone.

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The remains of a WWII tank training circuit lie on Selworthy Beacon at SS 9200 4810. It was surveyed using differential GPS as part of the RCHME Exmoor project. The remains comprise a triangular circuit, 150 metres East-West and 140 metres North-South, constructed of local stone. The corresponding target railway is recorded as SS 94 NW 114. Approach roads led to the circuit from the East and South from Hill Road. A further road leads from the W corner of the circuit towards the circuit on Bossington Hill. (1-2) The tank circuit is visible as an earthwork on aerial photographs and is as described above. A source suggests that these were possibly built by conscientious objectors during the war. This is one of three tank circuits built on North Hill for tank training (MMO627). [3-7] One of three triangular trackways used for tank gunnery training. [8] Known as B Range Firing Triangle. [9]

Sources/Archives (9)

  • <1> Unpublished document: Riley, H.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 1998.
  • <2> Survey: RCHME. 1998. Exmoor survey. NMR site SS 94 NW 158.
  • <3> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Oblique Aerial Photograph. NMR SS9248/3 (DAP 6805/04) (15 May 1990).
  • <4> Aerial photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 -1948. Vertical Aerial Photography. 106G/UK/1655 4011-4012 (11 July 1946).
  • <5> Website: 2007.
  • <6> Aerial photograph: 1990. DAP QL3-4.
  • <7>XY Archive: Severn Estuary Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment: SS 94 NW. MD000133. [Mapped feature: #38329 ]
  • <8> Verbal communication: Various. 1900-. Somerset County Council / South West Heritage Trust staff comments. Chris Webster, SMR Officer, September 1997.
  • <9> Verbal communication: Various. Various. Oral Information. Adrian James, Email to Somerset County Council, 14 June 2006.



Grid reference Centred SS 9197 4810 (192m by 169m)
Map sheet SS94NW

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO952
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO12323
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 94 NW158
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1132651
  • Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 35511

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Nov 17 2020 1:48PM


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