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Monument Number 1461281

Hob Uid: 1461281
Location :
Devon
North Devon
Brendon and Countisbury
Grid Ref : SS7609946315
Summary : Three practise slit-trenches of Second World War date are visible on aerial photographs as earthworks on Shilstone Hill.
More information : Three slit-trenches of Second World War date are visible on aerial photographs as earthworks on Shilstone Hill, centred on circa SS 76114631. The trenches are up to 25 metres long and approximately 1 metre wide. Each trench is irregularly shaped, zigzag, curvilinear or crenallated in form. Such shapes were designed to minimise the effect of explosive blasts along the trench. These features were probably dug as practise trenches or mock defences as part of military training associated with the activities of the military training area which operated across large areas of Exmoor during the Second World War, including Brendon Common. They can still be seen on aerial photographs of 1995. (1-2)

Sources :
Source Number : 1
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : RAF 106G/UK/1501 (F20) 3322 136-MAY-1946
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Source Number : 2
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : NMR OS/95026 078-79 12-MAR-1995
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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 : Slit Trench, Practice Trench, Military Training Site
Evidence : Earthwork

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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SS 74 NE 100
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Related Warden Records :
Associated Monuments : 1002147
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