MDE21588 - Post-medieval iron mining or quarrying remains on Kentisbury Down (Monument)


Claughton suggests that there are several iron mining trial pits on the north side of kentisbury down adjacent to road dating to the 1870s. There are various features which these may include, which have also been suggested as quarries.

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Type and Period (2)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Unnamed mine. Trial pits on north side of Kentisbury Down adjacent to the road. Iron trial probably dating from 1870s. [1] A series of earthworks are shown in the area around SS 6394 4400 on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map. These are: A. SS 6377 4400 B. SS 6388 4398 C. SS 6408 4399 D. SS 6408 4402 and E. SS 6413 4399. These features may be part of the iron trial pits that Claughton [1] described or, alternatively, quarrying remains. [2] Features C-E (but not A or B) are depicted on the 2nd Edition Ordnance Survey map. [3] Features A, B, D and E are transcribed by McDonnell during his survey of aerial photographs in the area. He suggested they were quarries. [4-6] Features A and B are shown on MasterMap data but the remaining features are not depicted. [7]

Sources/Archives (7)

  • <1> Report: Claughton, P. F.. 1993. A List of Mines in North Devon and West Somerset. 57.
  • <2>XY Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. [Mapped features: #44286 Feature D, ; #44287 Feature C, ]
  • <3>XY Map: Ordnance Survey. 1902-1907. County Series, 2nd Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. [Mapped feature: #44288 Feature E, ]
  • <4> Unpublished document: McDonnell, R.. 1980. Gazetteer of Sites in the Exmoor National Park Identified through Aerial Photography. SS6343A, SS6444B.
  • <5> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. CPE/UK/1980 3098, 4094 (April 1947).
  • <6> Aerial photograph: Meridian Air Maps. 1977-1978. Infrared False Colour Aerial Photography. MAM 2710-1 (June 1978).
  • <7>XY Map: Ordnance Survey. 2018. MasterMap. [Mapped features: #44284 Feature A, ; #44285 Feature B, ]

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Other Statuses/References

  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 54891
  • Devon SMR: SS64SW/169
  • Local List Status (Unassessed)



Grid reference Centred SS 639 440 (380m by 65m)
Map sheet SS64SW

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Record last edited

Apr 30 2019 10:57AM


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