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


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

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The remains of a World War Two 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] 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). [2-6] One of three triangular trackways used for tank gunnery training. [7] Known as B Range Firing Triangle. [8] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [9] The training site is mentioned in a publication on the industrial archaeology of Somerset. [10]

Sources/Archives (10)

  • <1> Unpublished document: Riley, H.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 1998.
  • <2> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Oblique Aerial Photograph. NMR SS9248/3 (DAP 6805/04) (15 May 1990).
  • <3> Aerial photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 -1948. Vertical Aerial Photography. 106G/UK/1655 4011-4012 (11 July 1946).
  • <4> Sound recording: Exmoor Oral History Archive. 2001. Oral history recording of Dudley Parsons of Timberscombe.
  • <5> Aerial photograph: 1990. DAP QL3-4.
  • <6>XY Archive: Dickson, A.. 2007. Severn Estuary Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment: SS 94 NW. MD000133. [Mapped feature: #38329 ]
  • <7> Verbal communication: Various. 1900-. Somerset County Council / South West Heritage Trust staff comments. Chris Webster, SMR Officer, September 1997.
  • <8> Verbal communication: Various. Various. Oral Information. Adrian James, Email to Somerset County Council, 14 June 2006.
  • <9> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1132651, Extant 12 May 2022.
  • <10> Monograph: Daniel, P. (Ed.). 2019. A guide to the industrial archaeology of Somerset. Association for Industrial Archaeology. 2nd Edition. p 73, W27.6.

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO952
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO12323
  • Local Heritage List Status (Unassessed)
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 94 NW158
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1132651
  • Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 35511



Grid reference Centred SS 292e 1481 (192m by 169m)
Map sheet SS21SE

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Mar 18 2024 2:17PM


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