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Monument Number 1490693

Hob Uid: 1490693
Location :
Somerset
Somerset West and Taunton
Dulverton
Grid Ref : SS8707033090
Summary : A military installation of Second World War date can be seen as earthworks and structures on aerial photographs of 1946 onwards, to the east of Higher Knaplock. The function of the installation is uncertain but it comprises 2 embanked Nissen Hut type shelters which appear to be connected by a trackway with a small earthwork mound and square area of surface disturbance, such as might contain a mast or similar structure.
More information : A military installation of Second World War date can be seen as earthworks and structures on aerial photographs of 1946 onwards, centred at circa SS 87073309, some 130 metres to the east of Higher Knaplock.
The installation is located against a field boundary and is partially obscured by overhanging vegetation, but can be seen to comprise 2 Nissen Hut type shelters approximately 12 metres long and 5 wide, enclosed by banks on their south-western sides. They appear to be connected by a trackway to a flat topped earthwork mound approximately 8 metres in diameter about 35 metres to the south. This may have housed a superstructure of some sort. A similar distance to the south of the mound, the track continues to an area of surface disturbance about 10 metres square, such as might support a mast or similar structure.
The function of is uncertain but the possible presence of a mast may suggest a role as a radio or radar station. However, the situation of the site, approximately 100 metres below the summit of Winsford Hill, makes this seem unlikely.
The structures remain visible on aerial photographs of the 1950s but not later. Field investigation of the site is recommended.

Sources :
Source Number : 1
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : NMR RAF 106G/UK/1655 4259-60 11-JUL-1946
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Source Number : 2
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : NMR RAF 540/890 (F20) 3025-6 03-OCT-1952
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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 Building, Military Camp
Evidence : Earthwork, Structure

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SS 83 SE 91
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Related Warden Records :
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