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Monument Number 1461279

Hob Uid: 1461279
Location :
Devon
North Devon
Brendon and Countisbury
Grid Ref : SS7582846057
Summary : Four groups of roughly circular earthworks of Second World War date and uncertain but probable military function are visible on aerial photographs, on the north-western slopes of Shilstone Hill.
More information : Four groups of roughly circular earthworks of Second World War date and probable military function are visible on aerial photographs of the 1940s on the north-western face of Shilstone Hill, centred on circa SS 75844606.
Each feature appear to be composed of 3 circular earthworks, a large feature roughly 7 metres in diameter abutted on its north-western edge by two smaller features of 3-4 metres diameter. On aerial photographs of the 1940s they appear to be low earthwork mounds but by 1952 they resemble shallow craters or scoops. Their arrangement is reminiscent of a Light Anti-Aircraft Artillery battery but such an emplacement seems unlikely within a military firing range. Therefore the function of the earthworks remains unclear. However, they are probably associated with the activities of the military training area which operated across large areas of Exmoor during the Second World War, including Brendon Common. (1-2)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : RAF 106G/UK1501 (F20) 3322 13-MAY-1946
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Source Number : 2
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : RAF 540/910 (F20) 4096-8 17-OCT-1952
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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 : Military Training Site
Evidence : Earthwork

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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SS 74 NE 99
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Related Warden Records :
Associated Monuments : 1002147
Relationship type : General association
Associated Monuments : 1465061
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