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Monument Number 1101268

Hob Uid: 1101268
Location :
Somerset
Somerset West and Taunton
Minehead Without
Grid Ref : SS9524847401
Summary : A Second World War construction spoil mound, visible as an irregular earthwork, was mapped from aerial photographs taken in 1946. Located on Minehead's North Hill, the earthwork is associated with the extensive military training area and tank firing range that covered North Hill during the war. It has been suggested that the mound is the spoil which resulted during the construction of the road, now known as Hill Road, constructed by the military during World War Two to provide access for tanks to the firing range from the railhead at Minehead. Also, a wartime quarry only 33 metres to the NNE and a levelled area use to site a weapons pit about 66 metres NE could also have been the source of the spoil material. Irregular in shape, the mound is about 35 metres WNW-ESE and 20 metres NNE-SSW. The mound was still visible in 2001.
More information : A substantial mound near Moor Wood Camp, at SS 95248 47401, was recorded as part of the RCHME survey of the ENPA holding on North Hill. Full details in survey report (1).

SS 9524 4740 A Second World War construction spoil mound, visible as an irregular earthwork, was mapped from aerial photographs taken in 1946. Located on Minehead's North Hill, the earthwork is associated with the extensive military training area and tank firing range that covered North Hill during the war. It has been suggested that the mound is the spoil which resulted during the construction of the road, now known as Hill Road, constructed by the military during World War Two to provide access for tanks to the firing range from the railhead at Minehead. Also, a wartime quarry only 33 metres to the NNE and a levelled area use to site a weapons pit about 66 metres NE could also have been the source of the spoil material. Irregular in shape, the mound is about 35 metres WNW-ESE and 20 metres NNE-SSW. The mound 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 : 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 106G/UK/1655 3007-3008 11-JUL-1946
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Source Number : 5
Source : Oblique aerial photograph reference number
Source details : NMR SS 9547/11 (21106/07) 09-FEB-2001
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Source : The Field Archaeology of North Hill
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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 : Mound, Military Training Site, Firing Range
Evidence : Earthwork

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Somerset)
External Cross Reference Number : 35667
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Somerset)
External Cross Reference Number : 35666
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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SS 94 NE 58
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Related Warden Records :
Associated Monuments : 1102198
Relationship type : General association
Associated Monuments : 1101076
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