MDE20780 - Undated mound or area of quarrying on Countisbury Common (Monument)


The mound was noted on aerial photographs dating from 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 77064939 and SS 77014940 from aerial photographs [2]. 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>XY Unpublished document: McDonnell, R.. 1980. Gazetteer of Sites in the Exmoor National Park Identified through Aerial Photography. SS7749b. [Mapped feature: #46897 SS7749b]
  • <2> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. MAM/13/030 (May 1977).
  • <3> Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R.. Various. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 21 Decemmber 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: 18131
  • Devon SMR: SS74NE/553
  • 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 7701 4939 (12m by 18m)
Map sheet SS74NE

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Record last edited

Dec 6 2021 9:40PM


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