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Monument Number 1461096

Hob Uid: 1461096
Location :
North Devon
Brendon and Countisbury
Grid Ref : SS7666545556
Summary : A loop of trackway on Brendon Common, visible on aerial photographs of the 1940s, was probably associated with military training exercises taking place on Exmoor during the Second World War.
More information : A looped track of Second World War date is visible on aerial photographs, located at circa SS 766455 on Brendon Common. The trackway, which abuts a pre-existing trackway marked on the First Edition Ordnance Survey map, was probably worn by the passage of military vehicles on training exercises, possibly associated with the firing range in operation on Exmoor during the Second World War. The precise function of this loop of track is unclear, but numerous turning circles visible within its area indicate it was probably used for the manoeuvres of heavy vehicles, possibly Armoured Fighting Vehicles, more commonly known as Tanks. The trackway is no longer visible by 1964. (S1-3).

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Source Number : 1
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : RAF 106G/UK1501 (F20) 3322 136-MAY-1946
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Source Number : 2
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : RAF 543/2821 0171-2 27-APR-1964
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Source Number : 3
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : 1:10560, 1891
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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 : Trackway, Military Training Site
Evidence : Earthwork

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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SS 74 NE 83
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Related Warden Records :
Associated Monuments : 1002147
Relationship type : General association

Related Activities :
Start Date : 2007-04-01
End Date : 2009-07-01