MDE11670 - Adit southwest of Watersmeet House (Monument)


An adit cut into the rock face on the south side of the East Lyn River probably derives from 19th Century iron prospecting on the Watersmeet Estate.

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Claughton records workings for iron trials on 1870 in Barton Wood adjacent to Watersmeet House. [1] A short, abandoned adit beside the East Lyn opposite Watersmeet House records an unsuccessful search for metals on the Watersmeet Estate. Probably the search was for iron, the presence of which is hinted at in the red-stained rocks along the valley side. [2] There is a watercolour print in the Exmoor Museum, Lynton illustrating an ironstone mine near Watersmeet being worked in 1875. It shows a miner wheeling ore ? in a barrow with an adit entrance, presumably this one, in the background. [3] SS 74413 48635. The adit is cut into a rock face at the base of steep slopes on the S side of the East Lyn River. It is 3.2 metres high and 2.2 metres wide at the entrance and penetrates for a depth of 6.5 metres. Surveyed at 1:2500. [4]

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <1> Report: Claughton, P. F.. 1993. A List of Mines in North Devon and West Somerset.
  • <2> Monograph: Keene, P. and Elsom, D.. 1990. Lyn in Flood: Watersmeet to Lynmouth. Thematic Trails.
  • <3> Unassigned: Smith, C. R.. 1875. Watercolour in Exmoor Museum, Lynton.
  • <4> Unpublished document: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. Field Investigators Comment. Sainsbury, I. S. 16/06/1994,.



Grid reference SS 7441 4863 (point)
Map sheet SS74NW

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  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 46119
  • Devon SMR: SS74NW/85/1
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE21395
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 NW28
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • National Trust HER Record
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 925923

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Oct 23 2013 1:38PM


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