MDE11210 - Crock Pits, Woody Bay (Monument)
Please read the caveat document.
Type and Period (1)
SS 686 492. The site of clay workings at Crock Pits. The coastal area near Crock Pits was, according to Mold  worked for clay during the 17th and early 18th Centuries. Workings ceased in 1796 due to landslip, possibly caused by coastal erosion and aggravated by land springs and digging for the clay . The clay, which had special characteristics, was used for the glaze on Delft tiles. Some of the tiles (apparently brought back by the Dutch traders) are still in local possession while others are in the Exmoor Museum at Lynton.  'Crock Pits' is shown on the 19th century map as a discreet cleared area to the north of 'Crock Pits Wood'.  Clay extraction site on the west side of Crock Point. The site comprises of a series of hollows within Crock Pits Wood. These seem to represent clay extraction pits.  A landslip at Crock Point was recorded in 1814. It resulted in thousands of tons of clay being spread along the beach. More lumps of clay of differing colour have been spotted by locals into the 20th Century as a result of further landslides.  Crock Pits was so named because of the presence of clay that the Dutch potters prized. The landslip occurred on a Sunday morning when the farmer and his family were at church. The strikingly green field that it became after the landslip was used as a landmark for the old sailing masters.  This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. 
- <1> SMO5308 Verbal communication: Various. Various. Oral Information. Dr E Mold, Lynton, 9 September 1993.
- <2> SDE340745 Monograph: Harper, G. C.. 1908. North Devon Coast.
- <3> SMO7329 Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R.. Various. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 10 September 1993.
- <4>XY SEM6703 Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. [Mapped feature: #38597 ]
- <5> SEM1 Verbal communication: Various. Various. ENPA archaeologist field visit. R Wilson-North, 29 November 2011.
- <6> SEM7572 Monograph: Bridle, H.. 1991. Woody Bay. Finial Publishing. P. 105-106.
- <7> SEM6694 Article in serial: Mold, E. + Warren, D.. 1989. Lynmouth to Heddon's Mouth. Exmoor Review. 30. P. 36 & 38.
- <8> SEM7987 Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 915455, Extant 2 November 2021.
|Grid reference||Centred SS 687 491 (142m by 136m) Estimated from sources|
|Civil Parish||MARTINHOE, NORTH DEVON, DEVON|
Related Monuments/Buildings (1)
Related Events/Activities (2)
External Links (1)
- http://www.pastscape.org.uk/hob.aspx?hob_id=915455 (Pastscape entry: 915455)
- Devon SMR Monument ID: 60575
- Devon SMR: SS64NE/130
- Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE21641
- National Monuments Record reference: SS 64 NE51
- National Park: Exmoor National Park
- NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 915455
- Shoreline Management Plan 2 (0-20)
Record last edited
Mar 1 2022 11:29AM
Your feedback is welcome. If you can provide any new information about this record, please contact us.