MDE20779 - Undated mound or area of quarrying on Countisbury Common (Monument)


A mound was noted on aerial photographs dating to 1977. A subsequent field visit suggests the feature may form part of a larger area of quarrying remains.

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A round mound was noted on aerial photographs dating to 1977 on Countisbury Common. [1,2] A pair of round mounds are recorded at SS 7706 4939 and SS 7701 4940 [MDE20780] from air photographs [1]. The area of the National Grid References is improved pasture. The surface of the field is disturbed, being covered with at least six irregular hollows some of which are very slight and amorphous. A number of low spread mounds are visible, and seem to be the upcast from the hollows. The farmer at Coombe Farm suggests that the feature may be dew ponds. It seems more likely that they are the remains of surface quarries now smoothed by cultivation. [3] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [4]

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. MAM/13/030 (May 1977).
  • <2>XY Unpublished document: McDonnell, R.. 1980. Gazetteer of Sites in the Exmoor National Park Identified through Aerial Photography. SS7749b. [Mapped feature: #46898 SS7749b]
  • <3> Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R.. Various. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 21 December 1993.
  • <4> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1002056, Extant 6 December 2021.

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Other Statuses/References

  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 18130
  • Devon SMR: SS74NE/552
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE11940
  • Local List Status (Unassessed)
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 NE33
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1002056



Grid reference Centred SS 7704 4937 (19m by 22m)
Map sheet SS74NE

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Record last edited

Dec 6 2021 9:39PM


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