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Monument Number 1131080

Hob Uid: 1131080
Location :
Somerset
Somerset West and Taunton
Selworthy
Grid Ref : SS9231448464
Summary : The remains of a Second World War target railway visible as a linear terrace running for approximately 300 metres. The feature is very slight; it was presumably flattened by the army at the end of the war and has been further reduced by subsequent agricultural improvement. Nevertheless it survives as a linear terrace some 9 m wide cut into the hillside by 1.5 m. The railway target was one of three used for tank training during the war.
More information : A WWII target railway runs from SS 92123 48646 to SS 92314 48464 a length of about 270 m. The feature is very slight; it was presumably flattened by the army at the end of the war and has been further reduced by subsequent agricultural improvement. Nevertheless it survives as a linear terrace some 9 m wide cut into the hilside by 1.5 m. (1)

The target railway referred to above (1) is visible as an earthwork on aerial photographs. The terrace on which the railway was constructed is centred at SS 9221 4857 and measures 300m long by 12m wide. The railway target was one of three used for tank training during the war. (3-4)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : R Wilson-North 7 April 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 161-162 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 : Railway, Target
Evidence : Earthwork

Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Somerset)
External Cross Reference Number : 35527
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SS 94 NW 126
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Relationship type : General association
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Relationship type : General association
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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