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Monument Number 1102198

Hob Uid: 1102198
Location :
Somerset
Somerset West and Taunton
Minehead Without
Grid Ref : SS9500047000
Summary : The remains of a World War Two tank training range lie on Selworthy Beacon, Bossington Hill and North Hill. The main features are three triangular circuits with associated target railways. Numerous observation posts and other features lie across the area. A Second World War tank training ground, visible as structures and earthworks, were mapped from aerial photographs taken in 1946. Located on Minehead's North Hill between Lower Moor Farm in the east, Wood Combe in the west, Greenaleigh Farm in the north and Camp Reservoir in the south, the military training ground consists of purpose built concrete military roads, Nissen huts and military buildings, tank wash and marshalling areas, as well as defensive earthworks such as weapons pits. Many of the structures were no longer visible in 1950, but the concrete roads and hard standing areas were still visible in 2001.
More information : For description see summary.

SS 9555 4734 A Second World War tank training ground, visible as structures and earthworks, were mapped from aerial photographs taken in 1946. Located on Minehead's North Hill between Lower Moor Farm in the east, Wood Combe in the west, Greenaleigh Farm in the north and Camp Reservoir in the south, the military training ground consists of purpose built concrete military roads, Nissen huts and military buildings, tank marshalling and loading areas, as well as defensive earthworks such as weapons pits. Many of the structures were no longer visible in 1950, but the concrete roads and hard standing areas were still visible in 2001. (9-15)

More information on the site can be found within Somerset County Historic Environment Record no.33814. (16)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Aerial photograph
Source details : AP survey- WAT- 9047,9048,9147,9148,9248,9347,9447
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Source Number : 2
Source : Somerset archaeology and natural history : the proceedings of the Somersetshire Archaeological and Natural History Society
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Page(s) : 140-41
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Vol(s) : 122, 1978
Source Number : 11
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : RAF/CPE/UK/1980 4025 11-APR-1947
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Source Number : 12
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : RAF 541/544 3004-3005 01-JUN-1950
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Source Number : 13
Source : Oblique aerial photograph reference number
Source details : NMR SS 9447/1/187 (SF1459) 01-MAR-1979
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Source Number : 14
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : NMR/OS 93297 038-039 16-AUG-1993
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Source Number : 15
Source : Oblique aerial photograph reference number
Source details : NMR SS 9547/9 (21106/05) 09-FEB-2001
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Source Number : 16
Source : World Wide Web page
Source details : Somerset Historic Environment Record, [Accessed 20-JUL-2012]
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Source Number : 3
Source : Somerset archaeology and natural history : the proceedings of the Somersetshire Archaeological and Natural History Society
Source details : Parish Surveys in Somerset - No5 Minehead Without
Page(s) : 11
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Vol(s) : 1983
Source Number : 4
Source : Aerial photograph
Source details : 106G.UK.1655 3009,3014,3016-8,4005,4011-3, July 1946
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Source Number : 5
Source : Aerial photograph
Source details : SCPD.HSL.UK.71-177 8681 Run 93 8735,8736, Run 95,8743, Run 97, 8681, Sept 1971
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Source Number : 6
Source : Aerial photograph
Source details : CPE.UK.1980 3027 April 1947
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Source Number : 7
Source : Oral information, correspondence (not archived) or staff comments
Source details : Ministry of Defence to B Osborne 16.05.79
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Source Number : 8
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Slide.SCPD.3.029.0046-0047
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Source Number : 9
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : RAF 106G/UK/1655 4004-4005 11-JUL-1946
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Source Number : 10
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : RAF 106G/UK/1655 3007-3008 11-JUL-1946
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Second World War
Display Date : C20
Monument End Date : 1945
Monument Start Date : 1939
Monument Type : Military Training Site, Mound, Observation Post, Gun Emplacement, Trackway, Firing Range, Military Road, Army Camp, Nissen Hut, Military Building, Building Platform, Slit Trench
Evidence : Earthwork, Extant Building, Demolished Building, Structure, Destroyed Monument

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External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Somerset)
External Cross Reference Number : 33814
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SS 94 NW 64
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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