MDE11741 - Post-medieval charcoal burning platform southwest of Watersmeet House (Monument)


A possible post-medieval charcoal burning platform is cut into a steep east facing slope.

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SS 74344 48594. An oval platform cut into the steep east facing slope, in deciduous woodland owned by the National Trust, a few metres west of the footpath and some 100 metres southwest of Watersmeet House. The levelled platform is 8.5 metres north to south by 4 metres and its rear scarp is cut some 1.7 metres deep into the slope. The front is built up to about 2 metres. The platform is similar to a group of three situated further up the slope about 270 metres to the southwest, and which are most probably charcoal burners stances. One of these three appears to date at least to the early 19th Century. There may be several more scattered about the steeply wooded slopes. Surveyed at 1:2500. [1,2] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [3]

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <1> Technical drawing: Sainsbury, I.. 1994. Lynton and Lynmouth, boundary stones at SS 74 NW 30, charcoal burning platforms at SS 74 NW 31 and 7. 1:2500. Permatrace. Pen and Ink.
  • <2> Unpublished document: Sainsbury, I.S.S. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 16 June 1994.
  • <3> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 926328, Extant 15 December 2021.

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Other Statuses/References

  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 53802
  • Devon SMR: SS74NW/226
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE21531
  • Local List Status (Unassessed)
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 NW76
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • National Trust HER Record
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 926328



Grid reference Centred SS 7434 4859 (9m by 6m)
Map sheet SS74NW

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Record last edited

Dec 15 2021 2:45PM


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