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Monument Number 1473270

Hob Uid: 1473270
Location :
Somerset
Somerset West and Taunton
Luccombe
Grid Ref : SS8666043070
Summary : Numerous small pits, slit trenches, areas of surface disturbance and possible mounds, visible as earthworks, tracks, possible erosion and parchmarks on aerial photographs of the 1940s, indicate that military training activities took place on Tarr Ball Hill, Luccombe parish, during the Second World War. Earthwork features recorded in this area as possibly relating to peat extraction may in fact be remnants of this military activity.
More information : Numerous small pits, slit trenches, areas of surface disturbance and possible mounds, visible on aerial photographs of the 1940s as earthworks, tracks, possible erosion and parchmarks, indicate that military training activities took place on Tarr Ball Hill, Luccombe parish, during the Second World War. The activity covers an area of over 50 hectares stretching from Tarr Ball Hill in the north to Thurley Combe in the south, centred on approximately SS 86664307.
Although the precise nature of the training which took place is not known, activity on this site is clearly zoned into three distinct areas. To the west of the road from Porlock post to Pool Farm, two irregular rows of small roughly circular pits or areas of wear are visible, between 150 and 220 metres apart. The rows are aligned on the road, roughly north-east to south west. Tracks or surface wear between the rows indicate that the circular pits or areas of wear were paired and connected by whatever activity occurred between them.
To the east of the road, the activity is split into two zones. To the south, above Dady Combe, the activity remains characterised by numerous roughly circular features similar to those described above. Some are scattered apparently randomly over the rough pasture while others are aligned in rows along the field boundaries. The remainder are clustered in groups of three to seven, with larger areas of wear or low earthworks apparently as foci. At least two small v-shaped slit trenches are also visible in this area. The final features of note in this area are small oblong features approximately 3.5 by 1.5 metres in length. They are arranged in three rows, aligned north-east to south-west, and are reminiscent of pits recorded on Malmesmead Hill and Shilstone Hill, although significantly smaller.
To the north of this area in the third zone of activity, the larger areas or foci of activity are more prevalent, with up to ten visible, surrounded by only a handful of the smaller features.
It is possible that the features visible, most particularly the evidence of wear which can only have been caused by repeated foot traffic, indicate military activities concerned with the training of infantry were taking place in this area.
Earthwork features recorded in this area as possibly relating to peat extraction may in fact be remnants of this military activity. (1, 2)

Sources :
Source Number : 1
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : RAF 106UK/1501 3200-3202 (F20) 13-MAY-1946
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Source Number : 2
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : RAF 106UK/1501 4089-90 (F20) 13-MAY-1946
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Second World War
Display Date : Second World War
Monument End Date : 1945
Monument Start Date : 1939
Monument Type : Military Training Site, Slit Trench
Evidence : Earthwork, Conjectural Evidence

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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SS 84 SE 149
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Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, ENGLISH HERITAGE: EXMOOR NATIONAL PARK NMP
Activity type : AERIAL PHOTOGRAPH INTERPRETATION
Start Date : 2007-04-01
End Date : 2009-07-01