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Monument Number 1124600

Hob Uid: 1124600
Location :
Somerset
Somerset West and Taunton
Minehead Without
Grid Ref : SS9345548199
Summary : A Second World War earthen mound is visible as an earthwork. It was probably an observation post associated with the tank training on North Hill (SS 94 NW 64).
More information : Centred at SS 93455 48199 is a substantial flat topped earthen mound. It is overgrown with gorse and is difficult to observe, nevertheless it measures 37 m by 28 m and stands to 3.9 m high. On its summit is a 5.3 m length of mortared stone walling just visible through the turf. At each end this walling returns for about 2 m before continuing as slight earthen banks, which become lost in the gorse. To the south is a stony bank 6 m long and 0.6 m high.
This feature is best interpreted as an observation post, probably associated with the WWII tank training ranges on North Hill. (1)

The mound referred to above (1) is visible as an earthwork on aerial photographs. The mound is centred at SS 9345 4819 and measures about 32m long by 16m wide. A structure on the north side was probably the observation post for the adjacent target railway (SS 94 NW 114, UID 1124052). (2-3)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : R Wilson-North 26 Feb 1998 RCHME Field Investigation
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Source Number : 2
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : RAF/106G/UK/1655 4010-4011 11-JUL-1946
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Source Number : 3
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : NMR OS/79013 163-164 17-APR-1979
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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 : Mound, Observation Post
Evidence : Earthwork, Conjectural Evidence

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Somerset)
External Cross Reference Number : 35525
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SS 94 NW 116
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Related Warden Records :
Associated Monuments : 1102198
Relationship type : General association
Associated Monuments : 1124052
Relationship type : General association
Associated Monuments : 1124639
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