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Monument Number 1465067

Hob Uid: 1465067
Location :
Devon
North Devon
Brendon and Countisbury
Grid Ref : SS7462845106
Summary : Numerous small circular pits visible on aerial photographs of the 1940s, on the east facing slope of Cheriton Ridge are probably impact craters caused by weapons test-fired from the Exmoor Firing Ranges to the east and south-east. It is possible the weapons in question were small six-inch rockets being developed for the delivery of chemical weapons.
More information : Numerous Small circular pits are visible on aerial photographs of the 1940s, covering an area of over 2 hectares on the north-east side of Cheriton Ridge centred at circa SS 74644516. The pits are probably impact craters caused by weapons test fired from the Exmoor Firing Ranges, to the east and south-east. It is possible the weapons in question were the small six-inch rockets being developed, although never used for, the delivery of chemical weapons. This may be consistent with the grouping of the craters in clusters of three or four. (1)

Sources :
Source Number : 1
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : RAF 106G/UK/1501 (F20) 3318-9 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 : Bomb Crater, Weapons Testing Site, Rocket Test Facility
Evidence : Levelled Earthwork

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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SS 74 NW 130
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Relationship type : General association
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Relationship type : General association

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