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Monument Number 1101271

Hob Uid: 1101271
Location :
Somerset
Somerset West and Taunton
Minehead Without
Grid Ref : SS9531047415
Summary : A possible Second World War weapons pit, visible as an earthwork, was mapped from aerial photographs taken in 1946. Located W of Hill Road on Minehead's North Hill, the subcircular earthwork pit was sited opposite the access road to the wartime tank marshalling area and tank park at the W end of Moor Wood. The subcircular weapons pit is sited within a larger, subcircular, cleared terrace which has been cut into the SW facing hillside overlooking Wood Combe. The spoil from this terracing may be part of the earthwork mound visible to the WSW (SS 94 NE58). The irregularly shaped weapon pit is surrounded by a horseshoe shaped earthwork bank, presumably constructed from the spoil from the pit. The overgrown feature was still visible in 2001.
More information : A possible gun position near Moor Wood, at SS 95703 47419, was recorded as part of the RCHME survey of the ENPA holding on North Hill. Full details in survey report (1).

SS 9531 4741 A Second World War weapons pit, visible as an earthwork, was mapped from aerial photographs taken in 1946. Located W of Hill Road on Minehead's North Hill, the subcircular earthwork pit was sited opposite the access road to the wartime tank marshalling area and tank park at the W end of Moor Wood. The subcircular weapons pit is sited within a larger, subcircular, cleared terrace 33 metres by 35 metres, which has been cut into the SW facing hillside overlooking Wood Combe. The spoil from this terracing may be part of the earthwork mound visible 65 metres WSW (SS 94 NE58). The irregularly shaped weapon pit is about 5metres by 7 metres and is surrounded by a horseshoe shaped earthwork bank about 3.5 metres wide, presumably constructed from the spoil from the pit. The overgrown feature was still visible in 2001. (3-5)


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Source Number : 1
Source : The field archaeology of North Hill : an archaeological survey of the Exmoor National Park Holding by the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England
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Source : The Field Archaeology of North Hill
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Source Number : 3
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : RAF 106G/UK/1655 3007-3008 11-JUL-1946
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Source Number : 4
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : RAF 106G/UK/1655 4004-4005 11-JUL-1946
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Source Number : 5
Source : Oblique aerial photograph reference number
Source details : NMR SS 9547/9 (21106/05) 09-FEB-2001
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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 : Gun Emplacement, Military Training Site, Firing Range, Weapons Pit, Pit, Ring Ditch, Ring Bank, Mound, Platform, Terraced Ground
Evidence : Earthwork

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Somerset)
External Cross Reference Number : 35668
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SS 94 NE 59
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Related Warden Records :
Associated Monuments : 1102198
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