MDE11706 - Possible adit south of Watersmeet House (Monument)


A possible adit, on a steep slope south of Watersmeet, may be associated with unsuccessful 19th century iron prospecting on the Watersmeet Estate.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

SS 74 NW 49 Adit ? (Iron Trials) SS 743 486. Claughton notes a shaft/trenching on map to south of Watersmeet. [1] SS 74399 48508. A possible adit situated on steep rocky tree-covered slopes to the E of the footpath from Watersmeet to Hillsford Bridge. It is evident as a triangular hole (about 2m long and 1.5m high) in the rock about 3m above the footpath. It may be the top of an infilled exploratory adit associated with the mainly unsuccessful search for metals (probably iron) on the Watersmeet Estate in the 1870s. Surveyed at 1:2500. [2]

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <1> Verbal communication: Various. Various. Oral Information or Staff Comments. PF Claughton, Pers. Comm., Letter and Maps.
  • <2> Unpublished document: Sainsbury, I.S.S. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation.



Grid reference SS 7438 4850 (point)
Map sheet SS74NW

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Other Statuses/References

  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 53792
  • Devon SMR: SS74NW/221
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE21521
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 NW49
  • National Park
  • National Trust HER Record
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 926157

Record last edited

May 9 2013 12:48PM


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