North Close Rifle Range
26 Jul 2022
A rifle range was established here in the late 19th century, first appearing on the second edition Ordnance Survey maps of 1894-1899 (1). The range is shown as extending at least 1000 yards from a spring close to North Close, north of Kirk Merrington, northeast towards the targets in a clearing in a plantation marked as Fox Covert. The range is still marked on the fourth epoch OS maps (2) but has disappeared by the time of the fifth epoch maps of the 1950's (3), the only feature marked on the map being the target area within the clearing. The lifespan of the range suggests that it might have been in use as a military training ground during the First World War and WW2.
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