MSO8389 - World War Two military camp on Haddon Hill (Monument)

Summary

The remains of a World War Two camp are visible on aerial photographs taken in 1946 and 1952, comprising numerous building foundations and roads. The part of the site outside of the National Park boundary is now covered by Britannia's Shield Plantation. Summary from record MMO1012: The remains of a large World War II camp are visible on aerial photographs. The foundations and hard standings for numerous buildings and paths and roads extend over an area measuring 900m by 600m. There is also a large group of buildings outside the east end of the main camp . A possible battery and buildings are visible to the north of the road along the northern perimeter of the camp. The site of the main area of the camp is now exactly covered by an ornamental tree plantation (described in SS 92 NE 22)

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

The remains of a very large World War Two camp are visible on aerial photographs. The foundations and hard standings for numerous buildings, paths and roads extend over an area measuring 900 metres by 600 metres, centred at SS 9850 2845. A large group of buildings outside the east end of the camp are centred at SS 9810 2846. A possible battery and buildings are visible to the north of the road along the perimeter of the camp, and are centred at SS 9795 2859, SS 9809 2862, SS 9825 2863 and SS 9840 2864. The site of the main area of the camp is now exactly covered by an ornamental tree plantation (MSO8380). [1-3] American soldiers were stationed at the Haddon Camp from March to June 1944. [4] Only the part of the site within the National Park boundary has been mapped. [5]

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 -1948. Vertical Aerial Photography. RAF 106G/UK/1655 4433-4 (11 July 1946).
  • <2> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF 540/860 4168-9 (2 September 1952).
  • <3>XY Collection: RCHME: Brendon Hills Mapping Project, SS92NE. [Mapped feature: #38101 ]
  • <4> Monograph: Dulverton and District Civic Society. 2002. The Book of Dulverton, Brushford, Bury and Exebridge. Halsgrove. P.109.
  • <5> Verbal communication: Various. 1993-. Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Team staff comments. Catherine Dove, 2 April 2019.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 9815 2861 (483m by 104m) (Estimated from sources)
Map sheet SS92NE
Civil Parish SKILGATE, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET
Civil Parish UPTON, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO1012
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 92 NE61
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1133866

Record last edited

Oct 5 2020 11:38AM

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