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Monument Number 1102272

Hob Uid: 1102272
Location :
Somerset
Somerset West and Taunton
Minehead
Grid Ref : SS9574747144
Summary : A Second World War military camp, visible as structures, was mapped from aerial photographs taken in 1946. Located on the S side of Moor Wood to the N of Hill Road on Minehead's North Hill, the camp consists of ten Nissen huts arranged around the NW, NE and SW perimeters of a 78 metres square field next to the road. Nine of the Nissen huts are of a standard size (11.3 metres by 4 metres), the remaining hut being 9 metres by 4 metres. All buildings are accessed by paths from the NW side of the field, adjacent to Hill Road. These are probably accommodation billets for the tank training area. The American military also ran a NAAAFI (PX?) on North Hill and it is possible that it was located in one of these buildings. Although still visible in 1947, the buildings were no longer visible in 1950. However, the concrete floor pads of the buildings were still extant in 1993. The bases now form part of a camp site.
More information : The concrete bases for five Nissen hut bases lie on North Hill, centred at SS 957 471. They are associated with the military use of the area in WWII. The bases are now used as part of a camp site. They were recorded as part of the RCHME survey of the ENPA holding on North Hill. Full details in survey report (1).

SS 9574 4714 A Second World War military camp, visible as structures, was mapped from aerial photographs taken in 1946. Located on the S side of Moor Wood, to the N of Hill Road on Minehead's North Hill, the camp consists of ten Nissen huts arranged around the NW (SS 9570 4715, SS 9571 4715, SS 9572 4716, SS 9574 4717), NE (SS 9575 4718, SS 9577 4716, SS 9578 4714) and SW (SS 9571 4713, SS 9572 4711, SS 9573 4710) perimeters of a 78 metres square field next to the road. Nine of the Nissen huts are of a 11.3 metres by 4 metres standard size, the remaining hut being 9 metres by 4 metres. All buildings are accessed by paths from the NW side of the field, adjacent to Hill Road. These were probably accommodation billets for the tank training area. The American military also ran a NAAFI (PX?) on North Hill and it is possible that it was located in one of these buildings. Although still visible in 1947, the buildings were no longer visible in 1950. However, the concrete floor pads of the buildings were still extant in 1993. (3-7)

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Source Number : 1
Source : The field archaeology of North Hill : an archaeological survey of the Exmoor National Park Holding by the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England
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Source : The Field Archaeology of North Hill
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Source Number : 3
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : RAF 106G/UK/1655 3007-3008 11-JUL-1946
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Source Number : 4
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : RAF CPE/UK/1980 3026 11-APR-1947
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Source Number : 5
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : RAF 541/544 3003-3005 01-JUN-1950
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Source Number : 6
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : NMR OS/93297 038-039 16-AUG-1993
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Source Number : 7
Source : World Wide Web page
Source details : WW2 People¿s War Scrumpy and Yanks http://www.bbc.co.uk/ww2peopleswar/stories/34/a6250934.shtml (Date accessed: 09-MAY-2007)
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Second World War
Display Date : Constructed during World War II
Monument End Date : 1945
Monument Start Date : 1939
Monument Type : Nissen Hut, Military Camp, Military Building, Barracks, Army Camp, Military Training Site, Firing Range, Building Platform
Evidence : Building, Extant Building, Demolished Building, Structure

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Somerset)
External Cross Reference Number : 35694
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SS 94 NE 67
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Related Warden Records :
Associated Monuments : 1102198
Relationship type : General association

Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, GLOUCESTERSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL: SEVERN ESTUARY NMP, RAPID COASTAL ZONE ASSESSMENT SURVEY
Activity type : AERIAL PHOTOGRAPH INTERPRETATION
Start Date : 2006-04-10
End Date : 2008-11-01