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Monument Number 1102228

Hob Uid: 1102228
Location :
Somerset
Somerset West and Taunton
Minehead Without
Grid Ref : SS9539847680
Summary : A Second World War chain home radar stand-by generator power house, visible as a structure, was mapped from aerial photographs taken in 1946 and 1947. Located on Minehead's North Hill, SW of Greenaleigh Farm and immediately W of the path leading from Hill Road N towards the farm, the flat roofed concrete structure is part of a Coastal Defence/Chain Home Low (CD/CHL) radar station and likely to have housed a standby generator for the operations block located a standby generator for the operations block located to the N, which would have been used if the main power generator set, located in a building to the NE, failed. The building is rectangular and appears to be a Nissen type hut. although the concrete base remains extant, the building was no longer visible in 1950.
More information : A concrete pad, the base of the stand-by set block for the WWII radar station on North Hill, lies near Moor Wood at SS 95397 47680. It was recorded as part of the RCHME survey of the ENPA holding on North Hill. Full details in survey report (1).

SS 9539 4767 A Second World War chain home radar stand-by generator power house, visible as a structure, was mapped from aerial photographs taken in 1946 and 1947. Located on Minehead¿s North Hill, 343 metres SW of Greenaleigh Farm and immediately W of the path leading from Hill Road N towards the farm, the flat roofed concrete structure is part of a Coastal Defence/Chain Home Low (CD/CHL) radar station and likely to have housed a standby generator for the operations block located a standby generator for the operations block located 37 metres to the N, which would have been used if the main power generator set, located in a building 20 metres to the NE, failed. The building is rectangular, about 11 metres long N-S and 5 metres wide E-W and appears to be a Nissen type hut. Although the concrete base remains extant, the building was no longer visible in 1950. (3-6)

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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 4004-4005 11-JUL-1946
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Source Number : 4
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : RAF/CPE/UK/1980 4025 11-APR-1947
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Source Number : 5
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : RAF 541/544 3003-3005 01-JUN-1950
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Source Number : 6
Source : World Wide Web page
Source details : Margam - Swansea Bay CHL/Coast Defence Radar Station http://www.subbrit.org.uk/sb-sites/sites/m/margam/index.shtml (Date accessed: 01-MAY-2007)
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Second World War
Display Date : used during World War II
Monument End Date : 1945
Monument Start Date : 1939
Monument Type : Stand By Set House, Military Building, Chain Home Station, Radar Station, Generator House, Building Platform
Evidence : Structure, Extant Building, Demolished Building

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Somerset)
External Cross Reference Number : 35358
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Somerset)
External Cross Reference Number : 35675
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SS 94 NE 62
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Related Warden Records :
Associated Monuments : 1102209
Relationship type : General association
Associated Monuments : 1102242
Relationship type : General association
Associated Monuments : 1454870
Relationship type : General association
Associated Monuments : 1102256
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